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IN THE PRESS: Gold Training gets on with the job

As the Federal election dragged into its final day on Friday, a Mooloolaba-based training company is busy delivering on the Government’s “jobs and growth” mantra.

Founded on the principle that they are training people for rewarding work not just a qualification, Gold Training is celebrating its fifth year of delivering employment outcomes that are well above the national average.

Since opening its doors in 2012, Gold Training has given more than 3,000 Australians the chance to kick start a new career.

And in doing so, it has grown from a three-person agency preparing Queenslanders for work on the Sunshine Coast to a 40-strong team whose work is changing people’s lives throughout Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, founder Samantha Johnson said.

If all goes to plan, Gold Training will soon expand its operation into South Australia and Western Australia.

The expansion has been built on its successful partnership in delivering the State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, an endorsement of the quality of its programs, Ms Johnson said.

According to Gold Training founder and Buderim resident Samantha Johnson, its success is also fuelled by a desire to do things differently.

“We are a bit contrary — I think that’s a bit of a Sunshine Coast thing!” she said.

“I think this individualism has a lot to do with our results. For example, we don’t want students to graduate with a piece of paper, but with a great job.

“Our staff are, first and foremost, teachers — they are business professionals and tradespeople with current, real-world experience who immerse in the Gold Training culture to ensure they are delivering the best results in the classroom.

“This is an example of how Gold Training has developed connections and engaged with industry and the community to deliver jobs for Queenslanders.

“Our courses are also a departure from the rest of the industry. We ensure our they are an engaging mix of on-line learning, face-to-face classes and practical, workforce-based training.

“We aren’t interested in a one-size-fits-all approach — our courses are flexible and can be tailored to meets each student’s objectives and extra-curricular commitments.

“We pride ourselves on finding the right training for each situation and working to create the best possible outcome for every individual and employer.

“And because we work with industry to deliver training designed to teach particular competencies, our courses suit people who are time poor, allowing them to get into the workforce quicker.”

Samantha believes their capacity for fun, as well as hard work, is a key ingredient in their winning culture.

“We think having fun is important,” she said.

“There is a real energy in this building, and we celebrate everything.  Recognising and rewarding achievement is essential to foster excellence.


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Suzanne Highley has dedicated 16 years of her life to helping Townsville’s homeless, championing Indigenous issues and tackling the scourge of methamphetamine addiction.

And now the Gold Training educator is helping the next generation of North Queensland footballers to learn coping strategies and develop as on and off-field leaders.

Seven North Queensland Cowboys Under 20 NYC Players are enrolled in Gold Training’s Certificate IV in Youth Work, which builds personal resilience and professional skills needed to support young people.

Gold Training is a specialist training company focused on achieving rewarding employment outcomes for Queenslanders through demand-driven and strategic training.

“They are wonderful young men, and are cognisant that as footballers they are looked up to and listened to – whether they like it or not,” Suzanne said.

“What they learn through the youth work qualification is broad, but the primary outcomes are the skills required to identify and manage stress, either their own or that of others, and the frameworks to build relationships and to play an active role in the community.

“It’s great to see so many of the young Cowboys passionate about doing something that addresses the growing incidence of mental health issues among their peer group.”

Suzanne said the relationship she has built with the players – she goes to all of their home games – and the quality and structure of the Gold Training syllabus was the secret to keeping a group of 17 to 20-year-olds engaged.

“We focus heavily on linking theory to practice, while the part-time nature of the course balances their study requirements with their football workload,” she said.

“The training goes both ways as well – they learn about complex issues facing young people today and how they can make a positive difference, and I learn a lot about football.”

A stand out student is Cowboys Under 20 NYC back rower Hiale Roycroft, who enrolled in the course to contribute to rugby league on and off the field.

“It was important for me to build a career that could be used within and outside of football, and the youth work qualification is perfect for that,” Hiale said.

“Suzanne is a great teacher and what I’ve learned through Gold Training is setting me up to be a better team player and a better role model for young people in the community.

“I’m building the skills and knowledge I need to give confident and good advice to my teammates, and to give back to a game that has given me so much.”

Hiale and his teammates will graduate in October 2016.

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This article also appears on the North Queensland Cowboys website.

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Six months in the uncompromising world of NRL has galvanised the resolve of Melbourne Storm Thunderbolts recruit, Matt Egan to contribute to the game off the fields as well as on.

Egan has enrolled in a Certificate IV in Youth Work with Mooloolaba RTO Gold Training to learn skills to support teammates and younger players.

“Professional footy is competitive, intense and sometimes stressful, physically and mentally,” he said.

“I want to be there for my teammates and other young players to ensure it doesn’t get too much for them – you don’t want to see their heads drop.”

Egan has been playing since he was eight and began to appreciate the critical role of mentoring from an early age, watching his father coach the Currumbin-Tugun Seahawks under-18s side.

“He didn’t just coach them at footy, but at life,” he said.

“If they were having problems at home, or at school, he’d give them advice.

“The difference it made to their attitude, their state of mind, their happiness and their game really made an impact on me.

“I myself have been fortunate to benefit from others, both in footy and life in general, including from one of my league heroes, Billy Moore.”

It’s a powerful legacy Egan is keen to carry on.

“Youth Work is something that has always interested me,” he said.

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Please join us as we congratulate our very own Amie Franzese who has been selected as one of 3 finalists in the North Coast Regional Training Awards.

Amie has been nominated in the ‘Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year’ category. This prestigious accolade is awarded for outstanding achievement by a trainee who has recently completed or is due to complete a traineeship in Queensland.

Should Amie be successful at the next stage she will progress to the Queensland Training Awards for consideration at the state level.

This is an outstanding achievement for Amie and a true credit to her commitment and performance in completing her traineeship and now as a permanent Gold Training team member.

We’re right behind you Amie – Good Luck!

Go Team Gold!


Gold Training is unbelievably proud to support our extraordinary RTO & Compliance Manager, Lee-Ann Munro as she supports a cause close to her heart.

As a returned service person, Lee-Ann is raising funds for friends and families that have been injured (physically or mentally) while deployed.

Lee-Ann will be running the New York City Marathon for Solider On in November of this year and Gold Training will be with her every step of the way.

Soldier On is a charity created by young serving members in 2012, to support all Australians who face physical and mental wounds from service in today’s military. Soldier On’s mission is to achieve the best reintegrated generation of serving and ex-serving men and women in Australia’s history. To achieve this, Soldier On supports those who have served by focusing on their physical and mental health, their family, their community, and their future.

Today we announce that our partner the WorkPac Group have answered the call and have committed to support Lee-Ann and this outstanding charity with a donation of $5,000 towards her fund-raising goal of $10,000.

Lee-Ann is truly grateful for the support shown by WorkPac.

“This is for my friends and buddies that are trying to get back on their feet and for my friends and family that supported me through the hard times, it is my turn to give back.” Lee-Ann says.

“Soldier On is an important link back into the community and gives the support that is required while soldiers are healing from their wounds.”

Once again, thank you to WorkPac and well done to Lee-Ann for passionately supporting Soldier On.

Donations to Lee-Ann’s NYC Marathon fundraiser can be made at the link below.

Go Lee-Ann!