Kane Davidson is learning the basics to enable him to source work in the coal seam gas industry.
Kane Davidson is learning the basics to enable him to source work in the coal seam gas industry. Craig Warhurst

Program helping to close gap

CLOSING the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is high on the agenda at Employment Services Queensland (ESQ).

Kane Davidson is one of Kerry Fullarton's more dedicated clients, having managed to make it into Gympie for training despite living in Tin Can Bay without a driver's licence.

He is participating in the Coal Seam Gas Drilling Skills Program and would be happy with a job in construction or labouring.

ESQ'S site manager Ms Fullarton said Kane might have already scored a job in roadwork construction, but it was not yet a definite.

“He is definitely a hard worker.”

In line with the Australian Government's initiative to “halve the gap” between indigenous and non-indigenous employment outcomes, ESQ is implementing an Indigenous Employment Program aimed at increasing the percentage of indigenous employees within the agency.

Three young indigenous school students have been recruited at ESQ to take up school-based traineeships in business, business administration, and community services over the next two years.

An indigenous mentoring team will support both indigenous trainees and existing indigenous staff to achieve social, educational, cultural and career development/progression within ESQ.

Gympie Times


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