Jacob McKellar and Joshua Horner have finished off an excellent year building their skills and knowledge in the University of Southern Queenslandâ€™s (USQ) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program.
The program, which started in 2012, is committed to closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by employing trainees at USQ on a full-time basis over 12-months.
Upon the successful completion of the program, the trainees receive a nationally-recognised qualification at a Certificate III level.
Mr Horner said he thoroughly enjoyed his time as a USQ trainee and hopes to continue to enhance his skills in marketing. â€œThe program was a fantastic opportunity to learn important industry skills including time management, report writing and the functionality of programs within the Microsoft Office Suite,â€ he said.
â€œI was very fortunate to be a member of the Online Marketing Team and gain a lot of on-the-job experience as well as assisting posts on USQ social media channels and generate engagement metrics for each channel. â€œI was fortunate enough to obtain a contract with USQ as the Online Engagement Officer in Marketing and Student Attraction which, combined with my current Diploma of Business .Foundations study, will let me build experience and skill.â€
Mr McKellar said moving from working as a labourer to office work was a big change but one he really enjoyed. â€œThe program was great and covered so many things; the people were friendly and patient so I learned quite a lot,â€ he said. â€œI applied because there werenâ€™t too many job opportunities in my home town of Eulo in south-west Queensland, so I moved to Toowoomba looking for work and thought this would be a great opportunity.
â€œI have recently been notified that I have a further six month contract with USQ which is fantastic news and I have also considered studying at university in the future.â€
Callum JohnsonUSQ Toowoomba