Trainees to work on city cen­tre pro­ject

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A num­ber of in­dige­nous Pil­bara peo­ple have gained life-chang­ing skills and the chance to earn ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on the City of Kar­ratha’s city cen­tre revitalisation pro­ject.

Alwi Drum­mond, Ty­tus Hunter, Denise Hu­bert and Be­van Wally were re­cently awarded their Cer­tifi­cate III in Civil Con­struc­tion and a Downer work­site ac­cred­i­ta­tion dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Pil­bara In­sti­tute in Kar­ratha.

The four trainees will now com­plete on­site work ex­pe­ri­ence in the com­ing months and two will have the op­por­tu­nity to gain full-time em­ploy­ment with Downer.

Land­Corp chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Marra said the trainees should be con­grat­u­lated for their “tremen­dous” achieve­ments.

“The par­tic­i­pants are now equipped with the nec­es­sary skills — in­clud­ing fork­lift and power tool op­er­a­tion, first aid, work­place com­mu­ni­ca­tion and fa­tigue man­age­ment — that will al­low them to safely and con­fi­dently work on civil con­struc­tion sites,” he said.

“It is par­tic­u­larly heart­en­ing to see the pos­i­tive out­comes the train­ing and em­ploy­ment pro­gram has achieved for the par­tic­i­pants, their fam­i­lies and co-work­ers.”

Downer con­struc­tion man­ager An­drew Map­fumo said the Abo­rig­i­nal Par­tic­i­pa­tion Pro­gram was a suc­cess.

“The trainees can be proud of the com­mit­ment they have demon­strated to at­tain new work skills and hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence, along with the in­spi­ra­tion they have pro­vided to their work col­leagues and the broader com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The APP ini­tia­tive has been suc­cess­ful on mul­ti­ple lev­els — it has not only ben­e­fited the par­tic­i­pants by pro­vid­ing ac­cred­ited train­ing that will last them a life­time, it has also iden­ti­fied po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees for Downer who have the right skills, ca­pa­bil­i­ties, ex­pe­ri­ence and valu­able lo­cal knowl­edge.”

Land­Corp and Downer will as­sist the other two trainees to find work with lo­cal con­trac­tors.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Site Pics

Trainees com­pleted a job-ready Pil­bara In­sti­tute train­ing course.

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