GAINING KNOWLEDGE: Warren Murphy receives his certificate from Mayor Paul McVeigh.
GAINING KNOWLEDGE: Warren Murphy receives his certificate from Mayor Paul McVeigh. Sam Flanagan

Studying for a new career

ACTIVE job seekers in Dalby have been on the front foot over the past month thanks to some assistance from their employment provider, BEST employment.

A total of 11 unemployed people, varying in ages and work experience, have all gained a certificate three in driving operations to help them along the path of gaining work.

Performance manager for BEST Employment Alanna Porter said the job seekers either gained a forklift or Medium-Rigid (MR) licence to disperse the talent into different

streams.

"We didn't want them all getting the one licence because then there is 11 people all competing for a finite number of jobs in town,” Miss Porter said.

Miss Porter said the participants undertook five weeks of full-time, unpaid learning, as a way of investing in their future.

"We ran the course because we had people who indicated they really wanted to get work in either MR or forklift driving, and they needed the certificates to be able to approach employers.

"Some of the guys were a bit unsure, but once they get in the habit of coming in every day they saw the benefit of it and inspired each other to finish it.

"Some of them have started and have already got employment which is really great.”

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh was present to hand out certificates to the participants at their completion morning tea.

Local business owners also attended to discuss what they look for in potential employees, as well as divulging interview tips.

Miss Porter was thankful for the assistance of a local business for allowing them to complete the course.

"They did a couple of weeks of theory before going down to Camel Tanks to do the practical side of it before they get their certificates.”

For more information contact Best Employment.


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