The State Government of Western Australia and industry have been working in collaboration over a number of years to promote sustainable employment outcomes for indigenous people through training and mentoring.
Since 1998 Skill Hire has employed more than 500 indigenous trainees and apprentices through its business. Skill Hire is also a supporter of the Australian Employment Covenant which represents a major commitment to the future of Indigenous Australians by providing people with a clear pathway to training and apprenticeship employment.
One recent success story from Skill Hire is Clinton Prosser, former bricklaying apprentice. Clinton not only won the Most Outstanding First Year Apprentice Award in 2010 (Department of Treasury and Finance), but he also won the highly regarded Ric New Rising Star Award in 2012. Clinton was also a previous “Live Works” program participant (an Outcare initiative, sponsored by ABBTF). According to Tony Harvey, Senior Apprentice Coordinator at Skill Hire, Clinton is still in the industry and going well. He is also supporting the development of new bricklaying apprentices in the form of hosting and training new generations of bricklaying apprentices. Clinton is a credit to the trade, his people and himself.
Employers and hosts that support the employment of aboriginal bricklaying apprentices may be entitled to additional financial support. For further information please contact Skill Hire or ABBTF.
Aside from Indigenous training, Carly Bradley (Training Contracts Manager) for Skill Hire reported that she had been buoyed by strong bricklaying pre-apprenticeship participation in 2014.
This year there has been an increase in the range of non-Australian born participants with many coming from Asia, Africa and New Zealand. Ms Bradley said, “The commitment and enthusiasm displayed by the students throughout the course will help to ensure that a new wave of bricklaying apprentices are heading the right way into industry”.
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