Abstract Many publications have highlighted a lack of practical competencies in recently qualified interns. Consultation between the University of Queensland and the Medical Education Unit at Redcliffe Hospital identified key areas where intervention could lead to greater work readiness, and the development of a complementary programme of practical workshops to remedy those deficiencies. A variety of content experts introduced the Graduate Medical Course 3 and 4 students to a range of practical skills during a dedicated lunch time one hour workshop each week over a period of 30 weeks. Several sessions were audited by the trainers though the majority of sessions used self-evaluation by the participants. There was an overall self-reported increase in the ability to perform the tasks from 25% before the session to 90% afterwards. Seven of the participants are returning to the hospital as interns, and a follow-up survey will be performed to judge the usefulness of the programme.