Apprenticeship Support Australia partners with Apprenticeship Careers Australia to upskill young workers in pipeline project


Posted on 13/02/19 in

Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) has assisted its clients, John Holland and MPC Group, in the development and construction of the 270km Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline Project, which is due to be completed early this year.

This significant water infrastructure project is being delivered on behalf of WaterNSW.

Last year, ASA partnered with Apprenticeship Careers Australia (ACA), the nation’s premium employer of apprentices and trainees, to place seven young trainees on the project to assist the consortium to comply with the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program (ISLP).

The ISLP is part of the Government’s $73.3 investment to boost the number of skilled construction workers across the state, and to significantly increase the representation of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and women in the industry. 
The trainees placed on the project were undertaking a Certificate II in Civil Construction, and all are from regional areas such as Broken Hill, Wentworth and Mildura. Five of the seven trainees are Indigenous Australians, including one female. 

ACA Area Manager, New South Wales Western Region, Brian Selby, says the trainees all came from a background of either long term unemployment or limited employment history of short term positions due to the lack of jobs available in their regional communities, and so regular contact was implemented to support them through their courses. 


Pictured: trainees on Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline Project

“Members of the ACA team checked in on [the trainees] regularly at their worksite to conduct mentoring and candidate care meetings, and also met with the site supervisors to check in on their progress,” he said.

“It was incredibly important for their coaching to be consistent, so that the trainees could continue to complement the existing workforce on the pipeline to help build the project, as well as gain vital practical skills for their future in the industry.

“At this point, we’ve had six of the seven trainees successfully complete their qualification, and the last is soon to be assessed. We are confident in a 100 percent completion rate with this group of trainees, which is excellent news.”  

ASA National General Manager, James Moran, says that by partnering with a group training organisation like ACA, ASA was able to provide John Holland and MPC with convenience and flexibility as employers.

“Working with ACA means that we have been able to help [John Holland and MPC] find enthusiastic young trainees who will gain real skills on a major infrastructure project like this one, but who can then also be transferred to new employment when the project is completed,” he said. 

“As staff requirements on the project have started to reduce, three of the trainees have already found new roles in the Broken Hill area because of their work on the pipeline project. They are now all looking forward to advancing their career in the Civil Construction industry.” 

“It’s fantastic to be able to help our clients to do their part for the ISLP and provide meaningful job opportunities to young Indigenous Australians who can then take those experiences into their future careers.” 

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