CPC20112 Certificate II in Construction participants meeting David Couzner

Program preparing young Indigenous for construction jobs

Skill Hire’s RTO is currently delivering a 12 week participation program for young Indigenous participants who wish to gain employment and undertake training in the construction industry. The program is funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development WA (DTWD).

The RTO have structured a program for unemployed Indigenous participants delivering the CPC20112 Certificate II in Construction, which aims to provide participants with an insight into the industry providing students with basic hand and technical skills, focusing on occupational health and safety, planning and organising, reading plans and trade technical units such as: handle construction materials. Alongside the generic units of competency students will gain transferable employability skills such as: communication, reliability and working with others to make them Job Ready’ and secure employment opportunities following training.  The course consists of both theory and practical classes, students are currently working together building a maze in the Skill Hire Perth workshop.

Throughout the duration of the course students will meet with potential employers. Group Training and Labour Hire have engaged with six potential employers that have been scheduled to meet with and conduct interviews with participants through the duration of the course. These employers range from building contractors, plumbers, drilling companies and civil works.

Prior to the course commencing Skill Hire’s RTO and Labour Hire departments met with local providers to source interested participants, which were selected following initial interviews with Skill Hire. With the support of their providers and Skill Hire we aim to transition the students into further training or employment making for a successful outcome.

Skill Hire Board Member, David Couzner and General Manager, Richard Kiel took time on Tuesday to sit down with the young men to discuss employment goals, challenges and benefits.

‘It was extremely encouraging to hear that several of the young men are commuting over an hour and a half by train each day to participate in the course and that they have a real desire to gain employment in the construction sector. These men should be extremely proud of what they are achieving and they are true role models for their families and community’ – David Couzner

Testimonials from students:

‘ I love doing bricklaying and really enjoy it, really can’t wait until I get a job bricklaying’ – Sammy Taylor

‘I am enjoying every part of this course and gaining a lot of experience. The people at Skill Hire are friendly and understanding to cultural heritage’ – Tony Vingerhoets

‘ At first it didn’t seem too bad but getting into the course it has given me more experiences with things I didn’t know, honestly its great’ – Leo Ugle

‘ I am enjoying the course, I really like it here. I like working with the boys and the trainers are really nice. I like coming here every day’ – Basil Thorne

‘ The course I am doing is very good and I’m really happy that I’ve been busy doing this to help myself prepare for work. Our trainer, Paul is a good trainer, along with Gav and Wayne. I hope I get a job out of this, thank you’ – Reece Daniel Yarran

  • All students enjoyed their time at Skill Hire very much. Students were excited to see the end result, but were just as excited to demolish it!

    (These students recently took part in a three day Try-A-Trade course at Skill Hire, funded by the Construction Training Fund)

    Secondary School
  • Skill Hire trainers create an excellent relationship with all students thus making the three days enjoyable for all participants

    Busselton Senior High School
  • Working with Skill Hire was an absolute joy! Our students enjoyed an unsurpassed opportunity to learn and develop skills that supported their career aspirations. The opportunity to engage with on-site works meant that our students have now had a real experience of these trades and feel more confident in their ability to succeed.

    Vanessa Buemi
    Cyril Jackson Senior High School
  • The SOP delivered by Skill Hire has been exceptional.

    Busselton Senior High School
  • Skill hire is completely hassle free and I have only good things to say about their service and staff. They fully meet my requirements and expectations every time. Their staff are always well presented, reliable and professional. I absolutely trust Skill Hire to meet my needs and the needs of my catering clients, and will continue to utilize them for all of my kitchen and FOH staff outsourcing. Thanks Ben, Heidi and team!

    Bree May
    Food According to Bree
  • Special thanks to Mathew Pritchard in assisting with our Pastry Chef vacancy. Very responsive to our needs urgently. We got the shortlist candidates promptly, interviews were organised swiftly by and we got our new Pastry Chef on board in a matter of days! Special thanks to Ben Willis as well in your flexibility and assistance. We greatly appreciate this

    Angela Neill
    The Mayfair Hotel
  • Students have learnt skills such as setting out, mixing mud, leveling, working in teams, communications and producing a sound product at the end (letter box).

    Busselton Senior High School
  • Amazing! Heidi and Ben were extremely helpful and efficient. They found the right staff for our needs and we will definitely keep working with them in the future.
    Highly recommend

    Francisco Navarrete
    KUA Bar & Bistro
  • Thank you awesome Skill Hire team! I just wanted to say that I'm very impressed with the high quality of staff you've been providing on a consistent basis, even at short notice. Thanks especially to Ben, Nathan and Rob, you've always made things very easy and provided fantastic service with a smile.

    Adrian McGregor
    Newform Developments
  • Thank you for allowing Greg Knobloch the time to present to our VET Induction Day.....The information contained in his OHS presentation was highly engaging and of utmost importance in preparing students for their upcoming work placements. We very much appreciate his time, expertise and experience in this area...

    Dainon Couzic & Connie Watson
    Busselton Senior High School
  • A HUGE thank you for organising the Try-A-Trade for our students. All three teachers have come back to school absolutely buzzing about what the boys achieved in those three days and what a fantastic program it is. They also said the trainer was amazing and worked so well with the boys.

    Carlee Ingleson
    Churchlands School
  • The year 11 and 12 students have loved the three day course in the Trade Centre.

    Busselton Senior High School
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