Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Project

Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Project

  • Published on Thursday 17 September, 2015
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MEGT’s Indigenous Apprenticeship and Traineeship Network (IATN) is proud to partner with Rail Freight Company, Aurizon in a training and employment program based in Rockhampton, Queensland. This program is funded under the Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PMC) IAS Programs with the key focus being on employment outcomes.

This project had been under negotiation for some time prior to the official approval being given, sparking a lot of interest throughout the Indigenous Communities in the targeted footprint. Once the advertising commenced the applications came flooding in and over 170 people attended one of the three Information sessions held.

96 people applied for and were interviewed for the project with 20 people chosen to move into the Pre-apprenticeship Program at the University of Central Queensland (UCQ) where they will complete their Certificate 2 in Engineering Pathways.

Five weeks into the program and Aurizon, UCQ and MEGT have been astounded by the level of enthusiasm and determination shown by this group. At this stage, all 20 participants are on track to complete their Certificate 2 in Engineering Pathways which will open up opportunities for possible apprenticeships and traineeships with Aurizon.