Night school taps into in­dige­nous zeal for trades train­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCHOOL NEWS -

QGC’s In­dige­nous Re­la­tions Team has wel­comed an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to a school-based project to help Dalby’s in­dige­nous youths gain trade qual­i­fi­ca­tions in weld­ing and met­al­work. “Wewere ex­pect­ing about 10 or 11 peo­ple to en­rol, but the pro­gram is set to sup­port up to 25,” said In­dige­nous Re­la­tions Em­ploy­ment, Train­ing and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Bradley Maher. The scheme kicks off at the Trades Train­ing Cen­tre at Dalby State High School this month. It of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal in­dige­nous peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in QGC-funded train­ing for two nights a week for 12 months, to com­plete a Cer­tifi­cate 1 in Engi­neer­ing. The pi­lot scheme is part of a wider re­gional in­cen­tive pro­gram aimed at keep­ing students at school while they work to­ward trade qual­i­fi­ca­tions or en­try to higher ed­u­ca­tion. “Fund­ing the night classes at the Trades Train­ing Cen­tre in Dalby is a sam­ple of some­thing small within a big­ger plan,” Bradley said. “It’s about be­ing strate­gic in which pro­grams we fund in which com­mu­ni­ties. We’re work­ing with the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, En­ergy Skills Queens­land, Con­struc­tion Skills Queens­land and other CSG pro­po­nents.” Dalby State High School Deputy Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Marini said the pro­gram, which has re­ceived pos­i­tive cov­er­age in the Dalby Her­ald, would skill up young peo­ple for em­ploy­ment in their home­town and re­gion. “The pur­pose is to ad­dress the skills short­ages in town and im­prove in­dige­nous em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he told the Her­ald. “We’re also or­gan­is­ing men­tor­ing busi­nesses for in­dus­try place­ment. The pro­gram is run by the Dalby State High School and South­ern Queens­land In­sti­tute of TAFE, and funded by QGC. QGC is com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing em­ploy­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in its project area. The Dalby scheme is part of the QGC In­dige­nous Em­ploy­ment, Train­ing and Busi­ness­De­vel­op­ment strat­egy which tar­gets com­mu­ni­ties throughout the re­gion. QGC is us­ing state-of-the-art en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence to keep a closer watch on sea grass health in Port Cur­tis. Sea­grass beds growin shal­low coastal wa­ters and pro­vide food and shel­ter for marine life. They pho­to­syn­the­sise us­ing sun­light, fil­tered through the wa­ter. Un­til re­cently, QGC has mon­i­tored sea­grass beds in Port Cur­tis by mea­sur­ing tur­bid­ity, or the mud­di­ness of the wa­ter, in line with the QCLNG Project’s Dredge Man­age­ment Plan for the Nar­rows, be­tween the main­land and Cur­tis Is­land. But ex­ten­sive re­search, lab­o­ra­tory and field stud­ies su­per­vised by spe­cial­ists from Fish­eries Queens­land have found that mea­sur­ing sun­light is a more di­rect and sci­en­tif­i­cally valid way to pro­tect sea­grass mead­ows. The Nar­rows’ dredg­ing project be­came a world leader with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the light mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram in late Au­gust. The tran­si­tion to a light­based ap­proach is the re­sult of a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary col­lab­o­ra­tion of lead­ing sci­en­tists, ini­ti­ated by QGC in 2009. It al­lows for real time mea­sure­ments of avail­able light at key sea­grass meadow lo­ca­tions, which are checked daily against agreed thresh­olds. This new sys­tem al­lows the Glad­stone Ports Cor­po­ra­tion, QGC and the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to flag po­ten­tial im­pacts of the dredg­ing pro­gram on sea­grasses. With this in­for­ma­tion, we can man­age our ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­tect these im­por­tant mead­ows. The dredg­ing, which is equiv­a­lent to about 1% of the broader Glad­stone Har­bour dredg­ing pro­gram be­ing con­ducted by Glad­stone Ports Corp- ora­tion, will al­low the QCLNG pipe­line to be placed un­der the sea floor.



Dalby State High School worker Oliver Dun­can pre­pares the school’s Trades Train­ing Cen­tre for the QGC­funded in­dige­nous train­ing pro­gram

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