About Us

Who We Are

At Challenge Employment and Training we have been transforming lives by utilising our skills and resources to assist people be the best they can be for over 45 years.

Originally set up as a community group to tackle youth unemployment in the Ipswich area (Young Unemployed People of Ipswich – YUPI), today we are so much more. We are now a registered not for profit training organisation spread across South East Queensland, that is helping disadvantaged people gain employment and training through a variety of pathways.

Although we have widened our target audience from just youth to all disadvantaged cohorts we still maintain a 76% youth engagement cohort. We teach essential work and life skills, and provide opportunities to gain valuable experience and to achieve positive long term outcomes.

Our Services
  • Work Pathways
  • Vocational Training Assistance
  • Employment Preparation Assistance
  • Social Enterprises
  • Community Services

Our Mission

To utilise our skills and resources to assist people to be the best that they can be.

Our Values

Excellence in Performance

Our Inspiration

At Challenge, we embrace the holistic parameters of life experiences, life skills and the well-being of the participant. We see each person as a whole and we are committed to meeting any relevant need they may have along their journey. We work in partnership to address issues and barriers to allow participants to positively approach their learning and employment pathways. This holistic support puts people in charge of their lives and allows participants to truly transform their lives.

We’ve been at it a long time.

We have been supporting the community for over 45 years; building a legacy.



Lives Impacted This Year


Participants Feel Well Prepared For Work


Years Serving The Community And Jobseekers


  • Inspire participants by taking a holistic approach to their employment journey
  • Give our students opportunities in a competitive job market
  • Teach job readiness skills

We achieve this by:

  • Connecting with industry professionals
  • Offering tailored learning support
  • Liaising with community groups
  • Collaborating with language, literacy and numeracy professionals
  • Look at the whole person by developing their skills in looking after their health + well being

Don’t just take our word for it

Hear from our past participants

You'll learn some amazing skills from technical drawing, machining, welding, and light metal fabrication. The instructors and staff are very professional, and knowledgeable. I cannot recommend this training organisation enough.
Anonymous Engineering Work Pathway