Among the graduates from in the Indigenous Passport Initiative - Tradestart Civil Construction Program are Justin Parsons, Daniel Braekmans, Bernadette Thomas and Jacobus Bauwens.
Among the graduates from in the Indigenous Passport Initiative - Tradestart Civil Construction Program are Justin Parsons, Daniel Braekmans, Bernadette Thomas and Jacobus Bauwens. Robyne Cuerel

Course graduates are ready to build a career

A CLASS of indigenous graduates has a chance at a career in the construction or resources industries after completing a 10-week certificate course on Wednesday.

The 42 students from across the Wide Bay Burnett received their Certificate II in Resource and Infrastructure Work Preparation.

The course is run by Regional Development Australia under the Indigenous Passport Initiative and designed to encourage indigenous jobseekers to undertake training to increase their employment opportunities.

Regional Development Australia executive officer Paul Massingham said the graduates had done a great job.

"It was great to see the program have 42 participants that graduated today," he said.

Some students did not attend the ceremony because they had already found full-time work.

Graduate Justin Parsons has been offered further training to become a course teacher.

"It's given me a great opportunity to go further in life and become a trainer," he said.



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