Train­ing fo­cus in ho­tel works

Pilbara News - - News -

Work will be­gin on re­de­vel­op­ing Roe­bourne’s his­toric Vic­to­ria Ho­tel this month, af­ter the $4.4 mil­lion con­tract was awarded to a Pil­barabased busi­ness.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan in­ter­vened in the con­tract­ing pro­cess for the ho­tel in June af­ter rais­ing con­cerns not enough em­pha­sis had been placed on lo­cal and indige­nous em­ploy­ment.

As a re­sult, the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar con­tract has been awarded to GBSC Yurra, which has de­vel­oped an Abo­rig­i­nal em­ploy­ment train­ing model for the work.

The com­pany has es­tab­lished relationships with North Re­gional TAFE, Roe­bourne Se­nior High School, Roe­bourne Re­gional Prison and Abo­rig­i­nal em­ploy­ment provider REFAP, to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Abo­rig­i­nal em­ploy­ment train­ing model.

“Abo­rig­i­nal em­ploy­ment and pro­vid­ing long-term skills to the lo­cal com­mu­nity should be at the heart of a project like this,” Ms MacTier­nan said.

“We have driven an ap­proach that will max­imise the value of State Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment by re­fo­cus­ing the project to cre­at­ing work-readi­ness in the com­mu­nity.”

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