5 September 2019
CPB Contractors builds pathway to a brighter future
Five Indigenous Australian high school students from Western Sydney, NSW have gained valuable work experience at the Nepean Hospital Redevelopment project as part of a two-year traineeship.
CPB Contractors is partnering with Aboriginal learning organisation Diz Footprints (DFP), helping students work towards a Certificate II in Construction Pathways. The students spend one day a week on site and one day with a TAFE college while completing their High School Certificate (HSC) course. The qualification provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry, except for plumbing.
To date, the students have learnt about multiple trades including landscaping, painting, cleaning and general labouring. In their second year, the students will be working with experienced tradespeople in formwork, concreting and carpentry.
The program was established following extensive consultation with the NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Industry, the local NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and the Nepean Aboriginal Health Service, and forms part of CPB Contractors’ Reconciliation Action Plan commitment to boost Indigenous training and employment.
The Nepean Hospital initiative is jointly led by Mark Foster, CPB Contractors Senior Site Manager and Doug Delany, Diz Footprints Project Director and former rugby league player.