Challenge Employment and Training Ltd. is the employment and training arm of the Ipswich YUPI Group – a community based organisation with a 40 year history. Since our establishment as an RTO we have aimed to inspire, educate and deliver, through our mission which is: ”We utilise our skills and resources to assist people to be the best that they can be”.
In view of this, we have delivered different State and Federal employment assistance programs in addition to our RTO delivery and have assisted many disadvantaged job seekers prepare for sustainable employment over the years.
At present we deliver the Transition to Work program, Work for the Dole group projects and a wide variety of Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs. These programs are designed to enhance student learning, achieve positive employment outcomes and ensure every student is work ready on completion of their training.
We achieve this by connecting with industry professionals, offering tailored learning support, liaising with community groups and collaborating with language, literacy and numeracy professionals.
Our Service Areas
- Ipswich and nearby communities
- Moreton Bay region
- Vocational training assistance to job seekers, secondary students and employers
- Transition to Work Services
- Employment preparation assistance
- Social Enterprises
- Community Services
5) Excellence in Performance
We gratefully acknowledge various Commonwealth and State Government agencies with whom we work including
OUR PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Challenge regularly approaches philanthropic organisations to gain additional support for its innovative projects. We gratefully acknowledge their support. Current supporters include:
- The Scanlon Foundation – supporting us in working with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in Ipswich
- HV Mckay Charitable Trust – Purchase of equipment and resources for the Community Share Food Project in Toowoomba
- Gambling Benefit Fund Queensland – Purchase of a bus for our Toowoomba activities
- John T Reid Charitable Trust – Purchase of equipment and resources for the Community Share Food Project in Ipswich.
What we do
We offer a range of Skilling Queenslanders for Work, Transition to Work and subsidised training options.
At Challenge we aim to see each and every student achieve their career goals. Find out more here.
Our team work to help jobseekers improve their chances of sustainable employment. Click here to find out more.
Challenge Employment and Training can assist to find the right course for you! Simply click here.
Download and read your copy of the Student Handbook here.
As an employer ourselves, we know how much you value highly qualified staff. Click here to see how we can help.
The Challenge Executive Team
Michael has many years experience in the Education and Training sector and has a particular interest in working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD). He was also recently Deputy Chair of Jobs Australia Ltd, the national peak body for not-for-profit employment and training providers and Regional Development Australia Ipswich and West Moreton. Michael’s vision and focus at Challenge will be on the enhancement of the Company’s Vocational Training business and will be forging new links with employers, schools and service providers across the local regions.
After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Commerce Degree in 2002, Tim joined Challenge Employment and Training as a Graduate Accountant. He quickly progressed and was appointed as Financial accountant in 2005. In 2010 he was promoted to Corporate Services Manager/ Chief Financial officer for the organisation. Tim is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s financial activities and operations; from short-term priorities to long term strategic forecasting. He leads the Challenge Corporate Services team for communications, information, technology and finance.
Peter is a long standing member of the Challenge Employment & Training Board with strong business and community links. Peter is the director of Peter Rae Design & Marketing and brings a comprehensive understanding of media and advertising to the Challenge Board.
John has extensive business operation experience working with the Australian tax act in all areas of compliance. He also has experience as a treasurer in various well-established organisations. In these positions, he has worked closely with the CFO to develop accounting operational strategies by evaluating trends, establishing critical measurements, designing systems and resolving problems.
From 1989 till now, John has been the Rotary Treasurer. Being the Treasurer, he plays an important role in supporting the organisation to carry out different services and fundraise. He has received the Paul Harris Fellow award for his pro-longed service. Since 2007, John has been a Board member and treasurer of Challenge Employment and Training. John is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been on the board of schools and churches.
John has received various qualification including: Bachelor of Education Studies, Diploma in Teaching, Certificate in Teaching (TAFE), Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma in Eng(Mech), Diploma in Tech Studies (Plastic Production), Certificate in Eng. (Design). Apart from these qualifications, John has completed Post Graduate Studies in Lit/Num, Graduate studies in Accounting, Aboriginal Studies, Management, and Auditing.
John has decades of experience in developing and delivering education and training program’s, as well as senior management in the education and training sector. He was a director of his own company, Enterprise Development Solutions, for more than 10 years. He helped many small to medium Law firms, companies, private schools, and not-for-profit organisations to achieve Registered Training Organisation status and Quality Systems Certification. Through Change Management Planning, he also assisted in improving productivity and profitability of many organisations.
John has been involved in his local Rotary Club for over 15 years as a member, secretary and was elected president for a year. John recently received a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship award for his leadership and dedication in assisting the marginalised and long term unemployed of his community. John’s interests are Tennis, Sailing and Motor sports.
Ron has extensive experience in the Human Resources and Training Industries through working with a number of high profile training and apprenticeship companies throughout his career. His strong network of contacts and understanding of government funding models make him a valuable member of the Challenge board.