Fraser Coast TESS graduates Dianne Mathews, Cody Bailey and Nathan Betts received special awards for their commitment to the course.
Fraser Coast TESS graduates Dianne Mathews, Cody Bailey and Nathan Betts received special awards for their commitment to the course. Megan Pope

Agricultural skills aid employment

DIANNE Mathews is confident, skilled and ready to work after graduating from a six-month National Green Jobs Corps program yesterday.

The 24-year-old Maryborough woman has struggled for two-and-a-half years to find a job, but said she was feeling positive now she had some qualifications.

She was among 18 young adults who completed the federally funded course teaching skills such as handling livestock, basic mechanics and crop management - and she received special mention as the "all-round achiever".

"I really enjoyed doing the fencing and cattle work," Ms Mathews said.

"I improved my people skills and learned to work in a team."

Nine participants received Certificate II in Agriculture, while others completed part of the course for statements of attainment through job services agency Fraser Coast TESS.

"Some have already got jobs and moved away," Fraser Coast TESS training and development co-ordinator Gail Endres said.

"The skills they have learned are transferable to anywhere in the country."

Fraser Coast TESS CEO Lance Stone said the course was a real foundation for the future.

The program is open to students aged 17 to 24 years.



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