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Busy Women In Conservation Project

Providence Helping Locals Get Back Into The Workforce With BUSY Traineeships

Over the last four years Providence has grown into a highly-engaged and active community where the health and lifestyle of residents is a top priority.

As part of its ongoing program of community development, Providence developer Okeland Communities has teamed up with BUSY At Work to launch the ‘Busy Women in Conservation’ Project.

The project offers 15 conservation and land management traineeships to local women who are currently either unemployed or underemployed and looking for an opportunity to get back into the workforce.

This part time program will be fully paid and will last six months, in which time the trainees will work together to complete conservation-focused activities that will improve Providence’s community spaces and restore key parts of Bundamba Creek. To support its residents, Providence will provide material and resources for the project, along with a team of experts who will be available to provide industry guidance every step of the way.

BUSY Women in Conservation was established by ‘BUSY At Work’, a not-for-profit organisation which provides recruitment support services and employment and community programs.

Providence Director Michael Khan said the program was going to be fulfilling not only for Providence and the region’s ecosystem, but for residents who may currently be searching for a new challenge in their lives.

“This is such a good cause and gratifying work,” Mr Khan said.

“This would include restoration programs including pest and weed control, planting, propagation, native seed collection, and restoration monitoring. There will also be opportunities to work on the community gardens for the local gardening group.

”We will be working with our team to ensure this project has interesting and varied work that exposes trainees to a diverse set of skills and opportunities. Women are under-represented in this industry and offering a tailor-made program for women to learn these valuable hands on skills is something we are proud to be supporting.

“The beauty of the surrounding area is a big part of what makes Providence and South Ripley so special, so there is true value in being directly involved with nurturing that beauty,” he said.

As part of its ongoing mission, BUSY At Work committed to provide ongoing support to source employment opportunities for those who complete the six month traineeship. The program is funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Applications are open now for commencement on April 29, 2019. For more information or to make an application, visit www.providencecommunity.com.au/whats-on-in-providence/busy-land-trainee or contact Katrina on 0477 711 030 or Katrina.mackenzie@busyatwork.com.au.