A Community Partnership helps prepare for the Brothers Cairns Cup Carnival

The Cairns Jockey Club and Q.I.T.E are preparing for a unique partnership in the region’s most valuable resource, “people” in the lead up to the Brothers Cairns Cup. Q.I.T.E. is one of the largest providers of employment and training services in the region. As a not-for-profit organisation, Q.I.T.E. employs over 95 people and has offices in Mareeba, Atherton, Innisfail, Cairns and Yarrabah. The Partnership between the Cairns Jockey Club and Q.I.T.E will provide jobseekers with the necessary skills and networks to facilitate the best possible chance of securing and retaining employment within the region. Cairns Jockey Club CEO Graham Thornton says “I am confident that we have many diverse opportunities by partnering with Q.I.T.E. to assist in delivering outcomes for Job Seekers, our expansive grounds and infrastructure provides many projects that have the ability to deliver industry based training and mentoring, giving jobseekers much needed hands on experience” The Cairns Jockey Club’s 40 hectares of track and facilities will enable job seekers to gain experience in areas such as Landscaping, Horticulture, Race Track Management, Building and Facility Maintenance, Small Engine Repairs, Diesel Maintenance and Event Services over the longer term. Q.I.T.E Chief Executive Office, Katrina Spies noted “Our motto is Working with the Community, and we couldn’t ask for a more community focused club than the Cairns Jockey Club, to assist us in providing practical training programs to improve (life and work) skills to gain meaningful employment. The facilities as the Cairns Jockey Club and the positive attitude of the Club presents a fantastic opportunity for our jobseekers.” Q.I.T.E. has been part of the Tablelands and Cairns region for over 25 years and we work consistently to build and maintain positive pro-active relationships with other service providers, government agencies and local government. At the forefront of our philosophy and strategic planning is community development. Graham added, “We are constantly growing the involvement of racing into the community, by providing a platform for another community organisation such as Q.I.T.E. we are adding benefits to both organisations, it couldn’t have come at a better time in the lead up to the Brothers Cairns Cup on the 9th and 10th of August.

Shahnee Ricci

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