Young people in Western Sydney will today have a boost to their employment prospects following the launch of a boot-camp style workforce preparation program at Nirimba College in Quaker’s Hill.
Productivity Bootcamp and TAFE Western Sydney have teamed up to provide this eight week intensive program which allows participants to gain practical skills and experience as well as industry-recognised training.
After completing the program, participants are equipped to work on construction and infrastructure projects with a set of skills covering formwork, steel, concrete and general ground works as well as safety, injury prevention, attitude, work ethic, communication and even nutrition.
Director of Productivity Bootcamp Paul Breen said that he believed there are benefits for individuals, government and businesses through this program.
“We have seen dozens of unemployed people from Western Sydney come through this program and engage successfully with the workforce,” Mr Breen said.
“There are also clear gains for the community in that it takes people away from their dependency of welfare and provides businesses with workers who are ready to hit the ground running.”
“The success of the program is due to its robust partnerships and the high level of support from the NSW Business Chamber.”
Minister for Skills, Regional Development and Small Business, the Hon. John Barilaro MP said that this style of training is exactly what is needed to tap into a younger generation who are increasingly falling through the gap between school and the workforce.
“It is great to see this sort of collaboration which provides recognised training directly adapted to suit the needs of a potential workforce,” Mr Barilaro said.
“There are some significant infrastructure projects in Western Sydney and programs like this one will go a long away to ensuring that the workers are there for the projects. These workers will be coveted by employers in the region who will be able to rest assured that the graduates have the foundation in the construction industry for which TAFE Western Sydney has a very strong reputation.”