Eighteen Bowen and Proserpine jobseekers completed a paid work project (funded via SQW QLD Gov.) repairing and revegetating grounds of local schools. Participants worked part-time in two teams for 26 weeks to recreate gardens and green spaces that were severely damaged by Cyclone Anthony. The participants completed accredited training that included the construction industry white card and a Certificate I in Employability.
IDEAL Placements organised the “IDEAL Way” project to provide participants with an opportunity to gain on-the-job experience and learn new skills. Through this work, participants built up workplace skills including team work, communication, personal discipline, learning how to re-establish gardens and other landscaping tasks. 11 participants have progressed to further employment and another one has moved on to further education. Of the 11, 2 have commenced their own business using skills gained. The remaining participants are motivated to gain employment using after participating in the program with support from IDEAL Placements.