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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