LNG companies help fund student training programs

Gladstone’s four LNG companies will provide nearly half a million dollars in funding to provide workplace training for students.

GLNG, QCLNG, Arrow Energy and Australia Pacific LNG have provided $485,000 for investment in Education Queensland Industry Partnerships (EQIP), a workplace training program for students.

EQIP chief Angela Ormonde said the investment would allow the group to maintain existing programs while delivering further programs for students, Gladstone Observer reported.

EQIP offers a range of programs designed to help teenagers find pathways to employment. They include school-based apprenticeships and school-based traineeships.

"The new PREQIP program is for indigenous students in Year 10 and students work towards a Certificate I in Work Education, while the Certificate II in Process Plant Technology is for students in Years 11 and 12," Ormonde said.

"These programs increase the range of training opportunities available to students with the aim of building career pathways.

"This funding will provide additional opportunities for around 100 Gladstone-based students."

Ormonde said partnering with local businesses was an important step to creating opportunities for employment for students.

"The LNG industry is pleased to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities for Gladstone students both in the industry and the wider-Gladstone business community," said Robert Gibb, LNG industry spokesman and Australia Pacific LNG community relations manager.

Earlier last month, members of the Indigenous community in Gladstone said they had been overlooked when it comes to employment opportunities on Curtis Island.

Around 20 members of the Gladstone Alliance protested at the Bechtel office.

Spokesman for the alliance Michael O'Shane said the purpose of the rally was to speak with Bechtel about increasing indigenous engagement in the industry.

"We want initiatives to be put in place to employ more traditional owners," he said.

General Manager of Bechtel Kevin Berg told the protestors he would meet with them for discussions.

A Bechtel spokesman said:

 "We believe we are the largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians in the region with more than 150 working on these projects."

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