Qld students sample logistics


Fifteen students at Queensland's Glenala State High School recently gained work-ready skills through an innovative logistics school-to-work program

Qld students sample logistics
Qld students sample logistics

September 30, 2011

Fifteen students at Queensland's Glenala State High School recently gained work-ready skills through an innovative logistics school-to-work program.

Transport and Main Roads Director of Transform Louise Perram-Fisk says the students graduated from a 10 week structured work program with transport, logistics and supply chain industry businesses.

Perram-Fisk says Transport and Main Roads partnered with the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of Queensland (WCRAQ) to deliver the WCRAQ Transfutures program which introduces students to the world of work and real job opportunities while they complete their senior phase of learning.

"WCRAQ Transfutures gives young people employment-related skills needed for a range of jobs within the transport, logistics and supply chain industry," she says.

"This is a critical step in linking these students with the growing opportunities within their community."

Local employers such as Thiess Services, SIMS Metal Management, CJ's Bulk Handling and SITA Environmental Solutions opened their doors during the last few months for Glenala State High School students and their family members to see the career pathways offered within the environment and waste management sector.

WCRAQ Executive Director Rick Ralph says career pathways were an aspect of the transport, logistics and supply chain industry he was keen to continue showcasing.

"We want people to know that whatever their aspirations, they can achieve them within our industry," Ralph says.

"Whether it’s professional, vocational or technical, the opportunity is here to build a rewarding future with us. And the good news for these young people is that they can do this while living, learning and working locally."

WCRAQ Transfutures was a 10 week program with the students taking part in structured training and work experience while gaining nationally recognised competencies.

Several of the students are undergoing selection for traineeships and apprenticeships in participating businesses.

The students and their family members attended reverse orientation events at participating businesses this month and received certificates to mark the successful completion of their structured work placement.

These events also provided an opportunity for the students to showcase their new skills to teachers and family members.

Perram-Fisk says supporting industry with programs such as these was vital to the task of Connecting Queensland.

"This partnership approach will see the WCRAQ Transfutures program generate a significant and sustainable impact within the Inala community and is a great example of how we’re connecting industry and helping to create a pool of job-ready upwardly mobile candidates," she says.

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