Trainees to work on city centre project
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.
Trainees completed a job-ready Pilbara Institute training course.