Construction Trainees



Monday saw the start of a fantastic new adventure for 10 young Indigenous participants on Friday who signed into their paid trainee ship for six months commencing 10/10/2016 in Certificate 1 in Construction with Empowering Community Strategy, and to paraphrase Sue Boyle from Your town again to see the incredible community spirit with many organisations working together to meet the needs of our young people. ECS would like to thank all those involved firstly being Department of Education and Training whom we secured the SQW funding through which made it all possible.

Greg Kennedy from The Portable Building Builders who approached us about the idea and who has the same goals and ambitions to see young people who may need support to succeed gain valuable experience and have a life changing career. To your town Transition to Work Logan Central program Nathania Waihape – Senior Employment Consultant and Jaxon Greening – Youth Worker have worked diligently supporting the young men to gain their birth certificates, TFN and opening bank accounts.

Gold Coast School of Construction at Hutchinson’s Peter Forsingdal, Tiffany Barnes and Rod Eske who will deliver week one soft skills, workplace health and safety and power tools training to ease participants into their new working life.  The following weeks participants will be ‘hands on’ getting valuable on the job experience with Greg Kennedy from The Portable Building Builders and Hutchinson’s sites with onsite assessments and periodic training back at Hutchinson’s in Yatala.

Massive thank you to Totally Workwear Josh Mitchell who arrived with what seemed like a truck load of PPE, Uniforms and boots which they kindly sponsored to each participant.  Mrael ACE apprenticeships centre Emma Dickson & Carol Matila who completed the traineeship paperwork & are assisting in follow up support.  Renee from Youth Justice and Matt Fernyhough & Duncan Kerslake from DATSIP were there in support.

Absolutely wonderful to see each participant kited out in their PPE with the knowledge showing on their faces that they are now part of the construction industry, they look the part, are supported and have an opportunity that is very special to achieve their dream and create a brighter future for themselves.

The last big thank you goes to all the students who are allowing us to assist in their dreams and Empowering Community Strategy’s wonderful staff, Russell Logan and Derek Collins who offer invaluable mentoring support & Chandel Eyre who works hard to gain the funding, reporting and keeping everything running smoothly.