Cow­boys give job­less lift

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

MORE than 50 stu­dents have grad­u­ated with a Cer­tifi­cate III in hos­pi­tal­ity thanks to the North Queens­land Cow­boys Dream, Be­lieve, Achieve pro­gram.

The pro­gram, de­liv­ered by Al­lara Learn­ing, trains un­em­ployed and dis­ad­van­taged North Queens­lan­ders and pro­vides men­tor­ing and sup­port to help them get a job.

A to­tal of 51 stu­dents grad­u­ated from the pro­gram on Wed­nes­day with some al­ready find­ing work.

Cow­boys op­er­a­tions and con­tracts man­ager Sam John­stone said many suc­cess sto­ries came out of the pro­gram.

“Peo­ple who have had a bit of a rough start in life have come here and got a qual­i­fi­ca­tion and then moved on to a good job,” she said.

The pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 2015 and has helped hun­dreds of North Queens­lan­ders gain an in­dus­try- recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion and find long- term em­ploy­ment.

The next in­take will be on July 10. Ap­pli­cants must have been un­em­ployed for longer than four weeks and be 16 or older.

The train­ing is funded by the State Gov­ern­ment’s Skilling Queens­lan­ders for Work ini­tia­tive.

HELP­ING HANDS: Rhyce Tuckey, Kelly Clinch, Mar­ian Malua from the Cow­boys, Jarva Sam­mons and Arthur Burchett from Al­lara Learn­ing at this week’s North Queens­land Cow­boys Dream, Be­lieve, Achieve grad­u­a­tion. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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