WHO WE ARE
Centrally located in Main Street, Beenleigh, allows BTC to provide services to people form diverse cultural backgrounds and oversees the delivery of Aged Care, and Language Literacy and Numeracy training for people on benefits to enable them build their skills to gain employment. BTC works with numerous other organisations in the Beenleigh, Windaroo and Eagleby areas to enhance the blanket of services to the community.
BTC Cooperative Ltd (BTC) is a not-for-profit community based organization that has been assisting job seekers since 1989. BTC assists these job seekers by providing a range of employment and training services to the local community.
BTC has always been conscious of the need to provide skills training in skills shortage areas and has, in the past, worked to provide employment assistance and opportunities through a variety of State and Federal Government initiatives, such as:
BTC has managed a successful Job Placement Organisation license and New Apprenticeship Support Services throughout Southeast Queensland. This service provided assistance to employers and New Apprentices and administered the Government New Apprenticeship Incentive programme. BTC also conducted two successful boat building Work for the Dole activities in which two 5‑metre fishing dories were constructed by the participants. The dories were sent to East Timor as part of the relief effort after the country’s independence.
With the help of the Queensland Department of Employment and Training and the support of the Marine Industry Association, BTC was able to put together a Community Training Partnership which provided vocational training in Units of Competency from the Engineering Training Package and provided participants with a Certificate I in Engineering. Throughout the duration of the project in excess of 100 participants received training. Sixty (60) of these participants were able to secure employment in the marine construction industry.
In conjunction with the Community Training Partnership, BTC obtained funding through Career Employment Australia Inc. and built a 10‑metre Bay Cruiser with the intention of providing participants with higher level skills in working and developing a craft from the plans to a finished article. This cruiser was donated to Wynnum Manly Employment and Training Association Inc. The intended use of the cruiser was to provide recreational opportunities on Moreton Bay for people with disabilities (e.g. Aged Care homes; Special Education Schools).
BTC will continue to work in the community to provide employment opportunities to the disadvantaged through innovative activities and community projects.