The Road Ahead : October 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2012 8 COMMUNITY RACQ FOUNDATION and their supervisors to help repair the damage caused by the 2011 floods. The Ipswich residents were caught between the floodwaters and a very hard place, unable to repair their homes and facing the possibility of not being able to return. It was the second large contribution from the RACQ Foundation to Apprenticeships Queensland, which had received $124,000 of foundation funds allocated through the Rotary Club of Ipswich North. While these earlier funds were used to pay apprentices and buy materials, there was no money for the non- profit organisation to pay the necessary supervisors, and government guidelines did not cover their cost. "You can't put apprentices out there without supervisors," Apprenticeships Queensland's business development officer Anita Dwyer said. But as a result of the $200,000 grant from the RACQ Foundation, supervisors were employed and fourth-year apprentices, who are able to oversee more junior trainees, were kept on, allowing a lot of work to be done, Ms Dwyer said. "The whole thing would not have worked without funds from the RACQ Foundation; it was money extremely well spent," she said. STORY STEVE GRAY I PHOTO STU RILEY funding helps apprentices help others Through the assistance of the RACQ Foundation, Ipswich families are able to return home. MORE THAN 30 low-income Ipswich families face a brighter future thanks to a partnership between the RACQ Foundation, a group training company and local government. With $200,000 from the foundation, group trainers Apprenticeships Queensland were able to pay apprentices IMAGE: APPRENTICES RYAN FURNISS, LEFT, COREY MASTERMAN AND STEVEN BREWSTER WITH SUPERVISOR JASON O'HALLORAN, SECOND FROM LEFT, CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF REPAIRS.
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