Re-entering the workforce, super mum Lisa Roberts lands her dream job thanks to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. After devoting 15 years to raising four young boys, Roberts had the opportunity to revisit her career path and find a job she truly loves. Like many mothers re-entering the workforce after a long period, Roberts found it was difficult because employers were often looking for recent workplace skills.

Having always had a love of nature and gardening, Roberts used the opportunity to re-skill for work that she had always wanted to do, enrolling in a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management. This enrollment was as part of a project through Reclink Australia, funded through the Queensland State Government initiative, Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW). Roberts excelled in the training and has now found full-time work as a grounds-person at New Directions Care, a residential aged care provider in Bellmere, Queensland.

An inspiration for many mothers re-entering the workforce, Roberts believes that the time dedicated to raising her family has given her a new perspective that allowed her to follow her dream. “Raising children is one of the most rewarding times in our life and for parents, re-entering the workforce doesn’t have to be a struggle. Programs like Skilling Queenslanders for Work are readily accessible and we encourage anyone who has been out of the workforce for a period of time to find out more,” Managing Director for Busy At Work Paul Miles said.

In partnership with Reclink Australia, Busy At Work will be looking to sign up a further 174 trainees in five separate projects over the next 12 months. The upcoming projects offer 22 weeks of full-time paid employment. Additionally valuable skills for persons wanting to kick-start their career in industries such as Construction or Conservation and Land Management. Projects are starting soon in the Caboolture and Logan regions and there are upcoming projects in the Bundaberg, Springhill and Jimboombah regions.

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