A highly skilled and trained workforce is vital to the success of major infrastructure projects such as the Northern Connector, which will allow motorists a 43 kilometre non-stop journey from Gawler to Regency Park.
Thanks to two pilot programs providing ‘live training’ on the Northern Connector project, 27 job seekers now have additional skills and experience to improve their job prospects.
The live training programs, funded by the State Government WorkReady program and delivered byRegistered Training Organisations Carey Training and IS Australia, equipped students with valuable civil construction skills ‘live’ on site at the Kings Road/Bolivar Road intersection upgrade.
Students learnt skills such as scaffolding, rigging, concreting and operating power tools and machinery, with seventeen students graduating with Certificate II in Civil Construction and ten with Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure.
Richard of Virginia graduated with Certificate II in Civil Construction has secured employment with construction company BMD.
“It was the best training program I have ever done,” Richard said.
“I got a job on the Northern Connector project through the training which hopefully, has started a new career for me.
“I am really enjoying the work and loving being outdoors, after having had a job in a factory before.”
Will also secured further employment on the Northern Connector project while undertaking the training program.
“Having worked in carpentry and landscaping in the past, I was thankful to be given the opportunity to do the training, as I hadn’t done any civil work before,” Will said.
“I was taught a whole heap of new skills, and there were definitely better outcomes from being able to learn these skills on an actual civil construction project site.
“Thanks to the skills I learnt through the training, I was able to get my current job working on the roundabout project at Kings Road and Port Wakefield Road, where I am continuing to learn more about civil construction and can put my training in to practice.”
For more information about WorkReady visit www.skills.sa.gov.au