ADMIN manager Helen Mynott is part of a group of team leaders who have sharpened their management skills and have the certificate to prove it.

The group of 40 graduates, from 10 different businesses around the Wide Bay region, were funded by the Department of Education, Training and Employment to complete the 10-month training course through Tafe East Coast.

Ms Mynott, from Maryborough's Bendpro, said completing the certificate IV in frontline management taught her and the other participants how to better communicate and lead in the workplace.

"It showed managers how to lead a team in a more proactive way," Ms Mynott said.

"We've all got experience which was validated during the course but we were taught more about looking after everyone at work."

The funding came about after Maryborough business contractor Billy Moore appealed for grant money from the DETE, to help improve the skills level of Wide Bay business managers.

"After doing some work around the area I noticed a lot of managers were just thrown into the role with no additional training," Mr Moore said.

"I arranged to look for funding to help train staff for the 10 businesses and got the grant a year ago."

Mr Moore then spoke to the Tafe in Maryborough who facilitated the training, which ran from February to November this year.

"It's pretty exciting that all 40 of the people who started the course, completed it at the end," he said.

"You always hear about the high unemployment rates and the negative stuff, so this is so positive in comparison."

Tafe business teacher Margaret Ford said Mr Moore and Tafe were now preparing to run the course again next year.



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