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.
The Challenge Executive Team
Executive Officer and Acting General Manager
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.
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 completed studies in Education, Engineering, Accounting, Aboriginal Studies, management and Auditing.
John has decades of experience in developing and delivering education and training programs, 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, 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 received a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship award for his leadership and dedication in assisting the marginalised and long term unemployed of his community and was made a life member of Ipswich City Rotary club. John’s interest are Tennis, Sailing and Motor Sports.