In a groundbreaking move, Queensland Training and Employment Services (QTES) has embarked on a transformative journey to empower regional communities through Community Foundation Skills. Gatton, a regional hub in Queensland, witnessed the beginning of a new venture aimed at encouraging career opportunities and enhancing employability skills.

This program is funded under Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative. SQW is a wonderful program for uplifting community.

Since its commencement on 8 February  2024, the Community Foundation Skill program has been a beacon of hope for individuals seeking to elevate their professional trajectories.

Held at the Lokyer Community Centre, this 16-week initiative offers participants a nationally recognized Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways qualification, coupled with invaluable skills, knowledge, and opportunities.

What sets this program apart is its inclusivity and outreach to diverse communities.

Despite the conventional perception that such training initiatives are primarily urban-centric, QTES has defied norms by extending its reach to regional areas like Gatton.

Notably, the Muslim community’s enthusiastic participation underscores the program’s universal appeal, transcending cultural and religious barriers. This inclusivity has been met with open arms by individuals from various faiths, reflecting a spirit of unity and collaboration within the community.

At the helm of this commendable initiative are notable figures who have championed the cause of community development:

  • Neil Meiklejohn, Community Recovery and Disaster Resilience Officer at Lockyer Valley Regional Council, whose dedication to fostering resilience echoes throughout the region.
  • Linda Roberts, Operations Manager at Lokyer Community Centre, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in facilitating the program’s implementation.
  • Beverley Litster, Manager at the Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training, whose commitment to advancing workforce development initiatives is evident in her proactive involvement.
  • Dr Zakaria Amin, CEO of QTES, whose visionary leadership has propelled the organization towards impactful community engagement and skill enhancement initiatives.
  • Dr Milad Hasan, a respected Community Leader, whose advocacy for inclusive programs underscores the importance of representation and diversity in community initiatives.

The QTES Information session served as a platform to showcase the program’s objectives and garner support from stakeholders. The enthusiastic response from government officials, council members, and community leaders reflects a collective recognition of the program’s significance in addressing regional employment challenges and fostering economic growth.

Participants in the Community Foundation Skill program stand to gain a wealth of knowledge and practical skills, including:

  • Enhanced language, numeracy, literacy, and digital literacy skills, essential for navigating today’s job market.
  • Comprehensive training in resume writing and job hunting strategies, equipping individuals with the tools to showcase their abilities effectively.
  • Insights into the benefits of networking and volunteering, fostering connections and expanding opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Techniques for making a lasting impression and speaking with confidence, essential attributes for success in interviews and professional interactions.

A pivotal highlight of the program is the upcoming graduation ceremony, where participants will be recognised for their dedication and achievement. This celebratory event serves as a testament to their resilience and determination in pursuing their career goals.

As the Community Foundation Skill program continues to unfold, it epitomises the power of collaboration, inclusivity, and empowerment in driving positive change within regional communities.

Through initiatives like these, Gatton and its residents are poised to embark on a journey of growth, opportunity, and prosperity.