Gympie Women Graduate from United Synergies Army

10-Jul-2018 2:30 PM

A group of Gympie women are among the first to graduate from the United Synergies Army program, a free ten week course assisting women into work or further training.

Developed to help women aged 25-44 who have been out of the workforce for an extended time, the program provides a supportive and interactive environment where women can learn alongside one-another. Participants gain a vocational Certificate II qualification and all the practical skills to be job ready, while also having time for personal-development that focuses on their health and well-being. 
“The United Synergies Army is all about empowering women to achieve new things for themselves, from completing a vocational course to working on other areas of their life that might be holding them back,” said Program Coordinator Ann-Marie Mann.
“Women who want to get back into work can be faced with a whole range of barriers, this program helps tackle both external factors and what the individual may be facing on a personal level.”
“It includes a range of activities; women don’t just walk away with a qualification but are ready emotionally and physically when the right job comes along.”
Program participant Jacquie Stokes-Jones has loved every aspect of the course, personally contributing to the range of activities by offering an introduction to Muay Thai as part of the women’s physical and mental wellbeing. With her newfound confidence and qualification Jacquie is now hoping to have her own martial arts club (dojo).
“When I heard about the United Synergies Army program offering the free training for a Cert II during school term time, it felt like a more practical option to get the skills and confidence I would need when it came to applying for jobs,” said Jacqui.
“It’s made it so much easier to learn in a group where everyone is so supportive. And there’s been planty of fun along the way!”
“It’s given me the drive I needed and has been a huge boost to my confidence. I am now planning to use my Cert II in Business to pursue my goal of working towards having my own dojo” said Jacqui
The next course commences on Monday, 16 July, Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm, and offers the opportunity to attain a Cert II in Hospitality. Program Coordinator Anne-Marie is keen to hear from women in the Gympie region who are interested, call 0499 886 522 or email
The program is funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
Image caption1: Term 1 participants celebrate completing the 10 week course.
Image caption2: Jacquie with Course Facilitator Ceska (l) and Program Coordinator Anne-Marie (r)

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