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Applications open for career changing CIO Traineeship

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is putting a call out for the region's future Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders, to apply for their 2021 Cross Industry Operations (CIO) training program.

The 18-month program is one of its kind, designed to equip trainees with a hands-on experience across GPC's broad operations, in administration, building services, marine operations, horticulture and warehouse supply.

Since the program launched in 2016, dozens of students have successfully completed the traineeship and most importantly many going on to secure ongoing employment with GPC or other local employers in our region.

GPC's Accounts Payable Officer, Nicole Smith was one of the first CIO trainees to take part.  

Ms Smith said the traineeship provided her with key skills to allow her to work in any environment and found the dream career at the Port.

“The Cross Industry Traineeship gave me a qualification that opens doors for future employment and my advice to future trainees is,  if you have the opportunity to take part in this program, I say just grab it with both hands!" Ms Smith said.

“I was part of the first group to come through the doors starting in August 2016 and was able to secure fulltime employment at GPC by December 2017, it was such a rewarding experience and I haven't looked back."

The CIO traineeship is specific to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander candidates, and cements GPC's commitment to their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Indigenous Affairs Advisor Lee-ann Dudley mentors the trainees and said the traineeship is about empowering emerging Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander leaders, their families and co​mmunity.

“I'm proud to see how far this program has come and it's just getting better and better," Ms Dudley said.

“This will be our fourth group and I'm excited to meet our communities future indigenous leaders," she said.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said the program offers trainees a unique insight into GPC and gives them a taste of different work opportunities.

“Our traineeship is unique, it exposes the trainees to a vast range of roles and skills across GPC, while giving them an opportunity to tap into the knowledge of our employees, supported by an Indigenous Mentor and Liaison Officer," Mr Walker said.

GPC has a long history of supporting the traditional owners of the First Nations Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng, Taribelang Bunda People Native Title Claim Group and the Registered Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate (RNTPBC or PBC), and are seeking candidates who identify as the First Nations people Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda whose land we all share, live, work and play on.

Applications open 14 September and close 2 October 2020. For more information and to apply visit or call GPC's Indigenous Affairs Team on 4976 1450.