Elise O’Kane from Leyburn is learning new skills during a Green Army traineeship.
Elise O’Kane from Leyburn is learning new skills during a Green Army traineeship.

Green Army promotes awareness

ELISE O’Kane from Leyburn has barely left school but she’s already building the foundations for the future through skills she is learning on a Green Army traineeship.

Elise, 17, said after graduating from school last year she still hadn’t decided what she wanted to do at university.

Instead, she successfully applied for a Queensland Government-funded traineeship with Condamine Alliance, the region’s peak natural resource management organisation.

Elise is now spending a year supporting the Condamine catchment’s natural resource management projects and studying a Certificate III in Business Administration.

“I definitely want to go to uni eventually but I’m still not sure what I want to do,” Elise said.

“At the moment I’m happy that the skills and experience I’m getting will mean I’ll always be able to get a job.”

Condamine Alliance executive administration office leader Lois Allan said it was Elise’s enthusiasm and willingness to learn new things that secured the job for her.

“We’re very supportive of traineeships as a means of giving young people their first start in the workforce. In fact two of our current staff started on traineeships,” Ms Allan said.

“Elise is getting exposure to all aspects of what we do. She’s supporting both the projects and administration side of the organisation which is giving her skills in marketing, finance and project administration.

“At the same time she’s getting a real understanding of the importance of conserving and protecting the natural environment in the catchment.”

Treasurer and Employment and Economic Development Minister Andrew Fraser, who oversees Queensland’s Green Army, said traineeships can give young people the skills and experience they need to get a foot in the door.

“Traineeships offer nationally recognised qualifications and on-the-job experience which can create the perfect launching pad into rewarding careers,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Green Army will create 700 traineeships and 2300 paid work placements for jobseekers on environmental projects over three years.

“Unemployed people can check their eligibility and register their interest in joining Queensland’s Green Army by calling 1800 249 215 or visiting www.greenarmy.qld.gov.au.”

Queensland’s Green Army is a $57 million initiative to enhance our natural assets, strengthen our tourism industry and promote increased environmental awareness

The Green Army is part of the State Government’s employment initiative, Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

For more information on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative visit www.employment.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 925. For further information on the Green Army visit www.greenarmy.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 925.



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