Pictured (L to R): Ben Vassallo, DFP Supervisor, Tahlia Blacklock, Clayton Benge, Doug Delaney, DFP Supervisor, Mark Foster, CPB Contractors Senior Site Manager, Nick Marsden, Ava-Grace Monck and Toora Randall.

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.

The significant investment we’ve made helping to develop these young people has been worthwhile, not only have they worked hard to develop their skills set, but they have been an asset to our workers onsite.

Mark Foster CPB Contractors Senior Site Manager

To be a part of something that builds resilience in these kids, celebrates their achievements and motivates them to carve out a pathway to a brighter future is exciting and deeply satisfying.”

Doug Delaney said he was very grateful that CPB Contractors and Diz Footprints had formed a successful collaborative partnership to support local Aboriginal students.

I love working with the kids and supporting them through this journey. These kids will not only achieve their HSC, while learning a trade, but we will help them reconnect with their Aboriginal heritage and culture, through meetings with local elders, understanding smoking ceremonies and other significant culturally appropriate processes.

Doug Delaney Diz Footprints Project Director

“Large organisations like CPB Contractors have the potential to address barriers by supporting Aboriginal groups through increased access to education and employment opportunities, which ultimately increases social participation, independence, economic and personal wellbeing for those involved.”

Local Indigenous students are gaining invaluable onsite experience through two-year traineeships at CPB Contractors’ Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Project.

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