GLADSTONE Ports Corporation is calling for applications to its 2021 Cross Industry Operations training program, open to the region’s future Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders.

The 18-month program is designed to equip trainees with a hands-on experience in administration, building services, marine operations, horticulture and warehouse supply.

Since the program launched in 2016, dozens of students have been through the program, many going on to secure ongoing employment with GPC or other local employers.

GPC’s accounts payable officer, Nicole Smith was one of the first CIO trainees to take part. Ms Smith said the program has given her key skills to work in any environment.

“It gives you a lot of qualifications that opens doors for future employment and if you have the opportunity to take part in this program, I say just grab it with both hands,” Ms Smith said.

“I was part of the first group to come through the doors starting in August 2016 and was employed in a full time capacity by December 2017 – it was such a rewarding experience and I haven’t looked back.”

The CIO traineeship cements GPC’s commitment to their Reconciliation Action Plan.

Indigenous affairs advisor Lee-ann Dudley mentors the trainees and said the traineeship is about empowering emerging Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders, their families and community.

“I’m proud to see how far this program has come and it’s just getting better and better,” Ms Dudley said.

“This will be our fourth group and I’m excited to meet our future leaders,” she said.

Applications open 14 September and close 2 October 2020. For more information and to apply visit