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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program

In 2012 USQ commenced the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program – an initiative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy. USQ is committed to closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and through this Strategy aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program involves the employment of Trainees within USQ schools and sections on a full-time basis for a 12 month term. The type of Traineeships available is dependent upon the successful work area’s application. Trainees are assigned a USQ supervisor and are supported by the HR Officer (Indigenous Employment). Upon successful completion of the 12 month Traineeship, Trainees receive a nationally recognised Certificate III qualification.

There is no financial cost to the host school or section with government incentives and USQ funding covering costs for registered training and Trainee wages. However, Departments will be required to provide the necessary supervision, training and equipment enabling the Trainee/s to carry out their role and commit to releasing the Trainee for training, mentoring and cultural activities.

Further information about the program can be found in the information sheet (PDF* 331KB). An Expression of Interest is circulated annually by the HR Officer (Indigenous Employment) inviting schools and sections to apply using the applications (DOC 38KB). The Expressions of Interest applications are considered based on a school or section's ability to provide meaningful work and regular and ongoing supervision and an understanding that Trainees have commitments to training, mentoring and cultural activities.

For all enquiries regarding the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program please contact the HR Officer (Indigenous Employment).