Apprentices and Trainees Queensland Successful in another Round of SQW Traineeships

The Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training has again awarded Apprentices and Trainees Queensland (ATQLD) $413,600.00 to provide 20 Business Traineeships across Gladstone and this time, Rockhampton through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work skills traineeship program - Ignite Your Opportunities.

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government.

ATQLD Board Chairman, Peter Corones AM thanked the Queensland Government for their ongoing confidence in supporting ATQLD a second time to deliver the SQW Work Skills traineeships.

“The Board is proud of the success in winning the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program. ATQLD has been instrumental in delivering these programs over our 35-yearhistory. We are glad the business is again delivering this great program for the community,” Mr Corones said.

This program will not only upskill Queenslanders it will provide much need support to not-for-profit causes in the Gladstone and Rockhampton communities.

Chief Executive Officer of ATQLD, Michael Walz said he is humbled that the business has once again been selected by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to deliver this vital community project.

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative represents a significant investment of $420 million over six years to support up to 56,000 Queenslanders into work.


Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said “Not only are people gaining more expertise through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, they’re also helping the city now and into the future through the work they’re doing.” 


“We are constantly hearing of past participants who have not only gained a qualification through this program, but they have also gained the confidence they needed to get a job and get a head start in their careers. We continue to invest in this initiative because it gets people into jobs.” Mr Butcher said.”


Skilling Queenslanders for Work focuses on developing an individual’s skills, supporting them to begin a learning pathway to a certificate III qualification, and providing direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need extra support to enter and stay in the workforce.

Angie Wilmot, ATQLD’s Projects Coordinator, expressed how enthusiastic she is towards being able to help the community in this way, yet again and is excited to assist another 20 job-seekers to upskill and gain a qualification to assist them in gaining fulltime employment at the end of the 18 week program.



ATQLD has gained a reputation for commitment, performance and work ethic within industry and the communities we serve across Queensland. Our business is a 35-year-old not-for-profit group-training-organisation specialising in recruiting, employing, and training Apprentices and Trainees to businesses across Queensland.


ATQLD would like to thank the many Community Partners that assist with work placement of the trainees in their organisation for the duration of their traineeship.


Pictured Glenn Butcher, Jess Mulhall (General Manager Gladstone Seafarers), Jenni Steed & Mikayla Levings (current ATQLD SQW trainees doing work placement at Seafarers) Angie Wilmot (ATQLD Project Manager) & Michael Walz (ATQLD CEO)

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