Toowoomba’s Jack Martin Centre ovals are being rebuilt by Aboriginal machinery operator trainees under the guidance of Ag Training utilizing funding from the Department of Employment.
Using graders, front end loaders and excavators, disadvantaged youth are achieving machinery tickets while also creating a valuable asset for the Toowoomba community. Ag Training’s innovative approach of using trainees to complete genuine capital infrastructure projects has seen course attendance and participation rates soar. Smith Family Partnership Broker, Nikki Spackman-Deshong, said, “The first group of 10 unemployed aboriginals working at the Jack Martin Centre achieved 100% attendance and 100% completion which is a fantastic result. The second group of 10 students have now commenced their training at the Jack Martin Centre.”

General Manager of Ag Training, Phil Strahorn, said that the Jack Martin Centre project was a great example of how Ag Training significantly increases the return on investment in machinery operator training programs by using trainees to complete valuable capital infrastructure projects.

Mr Strahorn added, “It gives me huge satisfaction to know that the Jack Martin Centre will have new ovals for a fraction of the price, and that the trainees will be far better prepared for employment having already worked on a real life civil construction project.”

This community building project is the outcome of the combined efforts of Ag Training, Jack Martin
Centre Committee, Australian Agricultural College, Dept. of Employment’s Regional Education Skills

Jobs Coordinator Michael Meehan and Prime Minister & Cabinet representative Ms Priscilla Holborn. Rex Davis and Andrew Patterson are the highly skilled Ag Training team members doing the training & assessment.

About Ag Training

Ag Training is a Toowoomba based Nationally Recognized RTO (Registered Training Organisation) providing machinery operator training for the Agriculture and Civil Construction industries. Ag Training delivers Certificate II and III in Agriculture courses along with operator training for equipment such as combine harvesters, forklifts, tractors, front end loaders, graders, skid steers and excavators.

Ag Training works closely with the Australian Agricultural College to deliver high value training outcomes using innovative programs. Reducing the level of disengagement and unemployment within “at risk” young people in regional communities is a key focus of Ag Training. Ag Training is totally committed to helping prevent accidents and improve productivity through better training.

Media Contact

Phil Strahorn – General Manager

Phone: +61 7 4634 6887
Fax: +61 7 4633 4809

49 Carrington Rd
Toowoomba QLD AUSTRALIA 4350

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