22 December, 2023
Fifteen out of 18 graduates attended Caboolture Historical Village on Friday December 8 to receive their end of program certificates at the Reclink graduation ceremony.
The graduates completed a 20-week program which began on July 24, with nine graduates completing a Certificate I in Construction while the other nine completed a Certificate I in Conservation and Ecosystem Management.
Through various training organisations, graduates in both groups received their White Cards and First Aid and CPR Certification.
Some in the Construction group obtained their Work Safely at Heights and Confined Spaces Ticket, while some in the Conservation group obtained their ADCD (Agriculture Chemicals) Licence.
Reclink Australia Skills and Pathways Coordinator, Vanessa Pedro, said the graduates not only acquired technical skills relevant to their chosen fields but also developed transferable skills such as effective communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
“Through practical training and hands-on experience, they had the chance to apply their knowledge and further refi ne their abilities,” she said.
“They demonstrated dedication, resilience, and a strong commitment to their personal growth and development.
“They supported and uplifted each other throughout the program, fostering a sense of camaraderie and belonging.”
The camaraderie was evident at the ceremony as some of the graduates shared anecdotes, while there were also inspiring stories of overcoming challenges and showcasing their achievements.
“It was truly heart-warming to witness their transformation and the positive impact the Reclink program had on their lives,” Ms Pedro said.
While at least seven of the graduates have secured employment as a result of participating in the Reclink program, several others are awaiting results of recent interviews while others continue to look for work.
Ms Pedro said the Reclink Australia Pathways to Employment Program was “proudly funded through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative made possible by the Queensland Government”.