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Gladstone region residents residents struggling to get into the rental market now have the added benefit of being able to access the Tenancy Skills Institute, which launched on Friday.
The Tenancy Skills Institute in partnership with the Queensland Government and local community organisations, is delivering Skillsets for Successful Tenancies – Dollars and Sense, Australia's first and only competency-based training package for tenants.
Tenancy Skills Institute's Chief Executive Officer, Paul Tommasini said that the Gladstone region is one of the first to benefit from the positive outcomes delivered by the program.
“This training will give potential tenants a real chance to secure a home even in areas with low vacancy and high demand,” he said.
Upon completion of the course, graduates receive a certificate which may be recognised by real estate agents when applying for a private rental tenancy.
Paul Tommasini explained that graduates of the program could be considered ‘tenants of choice’ for the real estate industry.
"They will have proven competency in the skillsets identified by property managers and agents – which will give our graduates a competitive advantage when applying for properties,” he said.
The Palaszczuk Government committed $8.2 million towards a state-wide rollout of the innovative program, following the success of the 2018 program trial in Ipswich, Logan and Toowoomba.
Following completion of the program, graduate Kayla has been successful in securing a rental property and is confident in her ability to maintain this tenancy.
“We learnt different budgeting methods. We learnt communication skills on how to communicate with real estate and landlord depending on the situation” says Kayla.
Skillsets for Successful Tenancies – Dollars and Sense has been developed in partnership with the real estate sector and provides a supported pathway into the private rental market.
Darren Boettcher from LJ Hooker and REIQ zone chair for Ipswich, explains the program is a win-win situation for both real estate agencies and applicants.
“It’s all about working together, the Tenancy Skills Institute certificate gives the agent and owner confidence that the applicant is going to have the knowledge and experience required to be a good tenant,” Darren said.
The delivery of this training program throughout the state will help prospective tenants in the tightening rental market.
Students can find out more and register to do the program at www.tenancyskills.com.au/skillsets/