Monday 21st May, 2018

First graduates for GPC Indigenous traineeship program

Photo: Gladstone Ports Corporation
Photo: Gladstone Ports Corporation

TWO young women have become the first to complete Gladstone Port Corporation’s Cross Industry Operations (CIO) traineeship.

The 18-month program was designed by GPC to support the region’s future indigenous leaders along their long-term career paths.

The trainees rotated through the business, gaining experience in administration; warehouse operations; parks and recreation; building services; and marine pilots.

They also participated in cultural classes through the National Reconciliation Week and programs in association with Nhulundu Health Service and Rockhampton’s Dreamtime Cultural Centre.

GPC people, community and sustainability general manager Rowen Winsor said the success of the program had been confirmed after the two graduating trainees, Breanna Beezley and Nicole Smith, gained full-time employment with GPC.

“GPC had a vision of what we could do to provide real opportunities and employment pathways for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander people,” Ms Winsor said.

“The CIO Traineeship highlights GPC’s ongoing commitment towards genuine reconciliation and equal opportunities.”

GPC Indigenous Affairs Advisor Lee-ann Dudley said the traineeship provides a wealth of experience for those involved.

“The program exposes the trainees to a range of roles and skills across GPC, while giving them an opportunity to tap into the knowledge of employees with more than 40 years’ experience,” she said.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch our first two graduates grow both professionally and personally over the past 18 months – they’re brimming with confidence and have developed leadership and communication skills that have been praised by their supervisors and colleagues.”

GPC’s second cohort of CIO trainees began this week.​

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