GLADSTONE'S four LNG companies have teamed up to inject nearly half a million dollars into workplace training for students.
Arrow Energy, Australia Pacific LNG, GLNG and QGC have provided $485,000 for investment in Education Queensland Industry Partnerships (EQIP) for workplace learning opportunities.
EQIP chief executive officer Angela Ormonde said the new partnership not only allowed EQIP to maintain their existing programs, but in addition had seen them develop and deliver two new programs.
"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," Mrs 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."
The partnership with the LNG companies will benefit the entire community by skilling students for local jobs, Mrs Ormonde said.
"EQIP Gladstone relies on our existing partners and our ability to develop new relationships with local business to ensure the longevity of the programs.
"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.
EQIP offers a range of programs designed to help teenagers find their pathway to employment. They include school-based apprenticeships and school-based traineeships.
The programs are managed by EQIP and are available to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 at Gladstone, Toolooa, Tannum Sands, Miriam Vale and Mount Larcom state high schools.
Further information can be found on the website, http://www.eqipgladstone.com.au