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Barangaroo Skills Exchange wins partnership award

Barangaroo is achieving outcomes through partnership

The highly successful training program behind one of the world’s most ambitious urban renewal projects was today recognised with another award. The Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX), a partnership between Lendlease and TAFE Western Sydney was awarded the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Productive Partnerships prize.

This unique project has seen strong collaboration and a shared vision between TAFE Western Sydney and Lendlease to skill and train workers on the Barangaroo project. 

Since the BSX commenced in 2013, more than 15,000 new accredited skills qualifications have been gained through the partnership’s ‘pop up’ college as well as nearly 700 apprentices employed.

BSX Project Manager Ron Wright said that the project is providing skills to Barangaroo site workers as well as fulfilling a much longer term role for the construction industry.

“TAFE Western Sydney and Lendlease have had a shared vision from the outset with this program to raise safety and quality standards in the construction industry,” Mr Wright said.

“Although this project is based in the Sydney CBD, it is also meeting objectives for the Western Sydney region, with close to half of those being trained living in Greater Western Sydney suburbs. The skills and expertise they have gained from Barangaroo will be able to be drawn upon for future projects in Western Sydney.”

Lendlease Barangaroo South Managing Director Andrew Wilson said that the BSX was about creating a legacy.

“Extraordinary outcomes really mean that a whole industry can move to another paradigm through the intervention of skilling. That’s what we are trying to create here, a legacy for the industry that’s not just about Lendlease. It is about the whole workforce changing as a result of this project, and the BSX is allowing us to do that on the ground,” Mr Wilson said.