The Regional Jobs Committees are part of Queensland Government’s plan to work with all stakeholders to create more jobs, improve training pathways and raise investment in our businesses and workforces across the state.
The committees are one of the key actions of the Skills for Queensland – Great training for quality jobs strategy which includes a strong focus on local leadership of skills and workforce challenges.
The committees are to bring together local business, government, community leaders, training providers, industry representatives, high schools and unions to develop regional job and training plans.
The goal of the Toowoomba Regional Jobs Committee (formed in 2020) is to drive job growth in the Toowoomba Region and plan for the future by:
- developing strategies that address local workforce and skills issues
- identifying new skills opportunities
- ensuring the local workforce has the skills needed to fill future jobs.
Toowoomba Regional Jobs Committee
Jenny Rix (RDA-DDSW)
Jenny is the Interim Director of Regional Development Australia – Darling Downs and South West and Chair of the Toowoomba Regional Jobs Committee. An authentic & experienced people and business leader, Jenny is passionate about growing a talented workforce and helping regional Australians and those from diverse backgrounds to thrive. With proven expertise in strategy, business transformation & process improvement, governance & risk management, business development and operational excellence to achieve sustainable and customer centric business performance, she is an adept communicator connecting people and purpose during change.
Trudy Bartlett (RDA-DDSW)
As the Facilitator of the Local Jobs Program and the Director of Regional Development Australia Darling Downs South West (RDA DDSW), Trudi is driven by a personal and professional mission to connect, advise, mentor and grow our region for the benefit of all residents. She facilitates connections between three levels of government, business, industry and community to attract investment, create growth, identify skills gaps, develop and implement local solutions. While providing professional business support and advice to the RDA Committee and stakeholders to deliver high value economic development outcomes for the Darling Downs and South West Region.
Jaden Frame (TSBE)
Jaden represents the Health Industry and the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise on the TRJC. He enjoys connecting, creating, and growing opportunities in a dynamic environment. He established TSBE Heath and is working with the healthcare sector to grow the economy. He has experience growing his own regional health business which was successfully sold to a private equity group.
Rouz Fard (USQ)
Rouz represents the University sector on the TRJC. He is an experienced Relationships Manager with a demonstrated history of working in skills development to build a future ready workforce in various industries. Highly skilled in Learning Management, Higher Education, Industry Linkage, Business Development and consulting, he is a strong business professional and graduate of the University of Southern Queensland.
Jenelle Choyce (DESBT)
Jenelle is the Regional Director for the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training in the DDSW Region. Jenelle has lived on the Darling Downs since 1989, and has actively worked for 35 years in the employment, small business and vocational education and training industries. Jenelle has experienced firsthand the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship, managing and owning businesses, and returning to university later in her career to complete her studies. Jenelle is a solid advocate for the Vocational Education and Training System. She demonstrates a strong commitment in supporting individuals and employers to continually improve their business outcomes and career opportunities through vocational education pathways. Similarly, Jenelle supports small businesses to access the programs and funding opportunities available through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training which are designed to help small businesses to start, grow and prosper.
Stewart Horton (Catholic Care)
Stewart represents the Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community on the TRJC. He is the CatholicCare TRAMS Settlement Coordinator at CatholicCare Social Services Southern QLD.
Michele Berkhout (TAFE)
Michele is the Director, Corporate Solutions and Industry Engagement at TAFE Queensland and represents Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) on the TRJC. Her focus is on uncovering business value through predictive analytics, transformed customer and employee engagement and digital technologies, integrating ESG as an imperative for sustaining long term value. She concentrates on human-centred design, connected digital and data, underpinned by a commitment to making complex topics and systems accessible and understandable. Her favourite role as a leader is to create more leaders and help others realise their full potential.
Todd Rohl (Chamber)
Todd is the Chief Executive Officer at the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, the independent voice of business in Toowoomba. The core responsibilities in his role are to assist members with access to up to date information, upskilling and professional development, advocate for members at local, state and federal level on matters of shared concern and to provide a dynamic platform to build business networks and supply chain opportunities. In this role, he created the Jobs Taskforce Roundtable to analyse and understand employment in Toowoomba, its barriers and ways to create new employment pathways. With over 20 years’ experience in both private and public sectors, Todd has experience in management, collaboration, government relations, investment, small business creation and economic development. A passion for volunteer work, he volunteers his time to build individual capacity in others.
Jason Wright (CSQ)
Jason represents the Construction Industry on the TRJC. He is the Regional Engagement Manager Darling Downs and South West for Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and is committed to assisting the Queensland building and construction industry by providing industry-wide help with training, upskilling and funding. CSQ is a central point of contact for the Queensland building & construction industry for career seekers just starting out, workers keen to upskill and employers building a skilled workforce. If you are looking to build a better future for yourself or your business you can rely on CSQ for valuable guidance, industry news and events, and helpful information about funding and programs.