The group celebrates the start of Santos GLNG’s Keys to Careers program.
The group celebrates the start of Santos GLNG’s Keys to Careers program.

Program gives indigenous job seekers keys to new career

TEN Gladstone indigenous locals now have the key to learning how to drive.

The Keys to Careers program, supported by Santos GLNG, will allow participants to hold a full driver's licence by the end of the 13-week program.

Students will also have a TAFE-registered accreditation which will assist them in gaining an apprenticeship or traineeship.

The project has partnered with Energy Skills Queensland to ready participants for further training in their chosen fields such as electrical, administration, retail or boiler making.

GLNG Downstream vice president Rod Duke said the program would help provide brighter futures for the participants and their families.

"Through the Keys to Careers program we can share the benefits of our project with the local community, and in this case indigenous Australians, in a meaningful way," Mr Duke said.

Gladstone resident Simone Dowdle, 30, said the program was extremely valuable.

"Not only do I have the opportunity to obtain a full drivers licence, the program is providing me with a broad understanding of the skills required to re-enter the workforce," Ms Dowdle said.

The Keys to Careers program will finish in mid-August and has been funded by Santos GLNG and the Federal Government.