On July 2, Bounce celebrated the completion of The B.U.I.L.D Project by holding The B.U.I.L.D Project Finale. B.U.I.L.D, a twelve month educational training resource initiative, was designed by Bounce to accomplish three things: address employer and workforce development needs in Maryborough, bring the community together, and create a leadership model where companies could bond together to promote financial growth in Maryborough.

The project was a collection of educational sessions such as online business strategies, negotiation skills and government funding and tender writing. These sessions, conducted by professional Bounce trainers such as United Nations facilitator Peter Smith, were made available at no cost and were open to the community.

In the B.U.I.L.D sessions trainers addressed personalised needs of business owners and job seekers such as communication skills and conflict resolution. B.U.I.L.D also included some of Bounce’s most requested courses, aimed at job seekers who wanted to grow skills in personal development and job search techniques.

Guests at the B.U.I.L.D finale dined while Bounce’s own Jude Reeves acted as compere for the event while Bounce Director and CEO Maria Smith welcomed everyone to the celebration. Guest speakers included Andrew Gibbs of DEEWR, Danielle Green of True Foods, Scott Zampatti, a Bounce course participant, Sue Ryan of the Mighty Pen, and Chris Gilbert of Chris and Julie’s Respite Farm, both Bounce participants).

“The B.U.I.L.D Project was such a great coming together of the community, job seekers and job providers,” said Maria Smith. “The feedback has been amazing and it’s been inspiring to see how everyone has really connected to make a great change in our town.”

Bounce would like to thank everyone who was involved with The B.U.I.L.D Project; all of the Bounce course participants, professional development session attendees as well as Bounce trainers Leanne Cornwill, Dave Ramage, Peter Smith and Rose Witherow. This project would not have been possible without the support and input of everyone involved.