New program brings further education options

A NEW training program for young people with a disability will fill an education gap in Gladstone, one of seven areas around Queensland that had an exceptional need for further education.

The Compass Institute is about continuing a young person's education where special schools leave off, and will also hire local training staff.

While a permanent site has been difficult to secure, classes will begin in a temporary room at the Port Curtis Senior Citizens Centre on February 2 with four trainees, possibly more.

Development co-ordinator DJ McGlynn said it was exciting that Gladstone had welcomed the organisation with open arms.

"We can see all sorts of opportunities for the young people and us to expand," he said.

"We're very close to signing off on a full-time facility, but we need to do some renovations before it's ready.

"We have four young men signed up with the possibility of another few."

He said the trainees would learn elements conducive to their learning abilities, with individualised plans put together for each person.

"These young people have the ability to become general contributors to the community," he said.

COMPASS IS:

  • Education and Enrichment - Further education and lifelong learning
  • Lifestyle services - Community participation and living solutions
  • Training and Vocations - Certified training, community enterprises and placements
  • Corporate Partnerships - Working with the business community to mutual benefit


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