Friday 15 December 2017
By Ginninderry Project Team

It’s been a busy bee year for organisers and participants of Ginninderry’s training and employment initiative SPARK, with a total of nine programs delivered in the ACT in 2017, and one in Yass.

For 25 participants of the final two programs of the year – SPARK Community Care Program, and SPARK Strathnairn Construction Program – the lead-up to the festive season couldn’t have been any sweeter, with the respective students graduating in style last Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December at Ginninderry’s multipurpose community centre, The Link.

For SPARK Training and Employment manager Emma Sckrabei, it was a proud moment as she witnessed the latest round of participants graduate with a range of tangible, practical skills, more self-confidence and new friendships, providing them with more employment opportunities in the future, in a vocation they enjoy.

“There have been many ‘SPARK highlights’ in 2017, including winning the 2017 ACT Training Award for the ‘Industry Collaboration’ category for the BCS Childcare Pre-Employment Program…but nothing quite compares to the joy we see on the students faces throughout the program as they acquire new skills, at their graduations and in many cases, on hearing the news they have secured future employment before leaving the program!”, Emma said.

While one SPARK year may be wrapping up, plans are already in the pipeline for the 2018 programs, with three new offerings to commence in March 2018:

  • Regional Construction program located in Yass (from 6 March 2018)
  • Belconnen Return to Work Program for Women (from 13 March 2018)
  • Belconnen Community Service Education and Care Pre-Employment Program (from 19 March)

Information on these programs will be available shortly, here. In the meantime, from all the team here at Ginninderry and SPARK we say a huge “congratulations!” to our latest all-SPARKS on your momentous achievements.