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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 and is reflective of the Reconciliation Action Plan. USQ is committed to closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and through this Strategy USQ 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 on a Fixed Term Contract. The type of Traineeships available is dependent upon the successful work area’s activities and the application. Trainees are assigned a USQ supervisor and are supported by the Indigenous Employment Officer. Upon successful completion of the Traineeship, Trainees receive a nationally accredited Certificate III qualification.

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

Each year the Vice Chancellors Committee invites schools and sections to apply to host a Trainee via an Expression of Interest (39kb). Applications are considered based on a school or section's ability to provide meaningful work, regular ongoing supervision and support the trainee/s commitments to training, mentoring and cultural activities. Further information about the program can be found in the information sheet (PDF* 347kb).

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