Australia’s leading construction company, Hutchinson Builders, has set an ambitious task of increasing their Indigenous construction workforce by 4% over the next three years including supporting local indigenous businesses in regional and remote areas.
 
The construction company is working with the federal government and a national network of more than 10,000 sub-contractors and suppliers to unlock career opportunities for more than 350 Indigenous Australians as part of their Statim Yaga program.
 
The program is operated by Hutchinson Builders’ own award-winning registered training organization (RTO), the Gold Coast School of Construction.
 
Hutchinson Builders’ National Training Manager, Alan Waldron, said the Statim Yaga program was created to broaden diversity in the construction workforce and to help foster stronger partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
 
“The Statim Yaga program is specifically focused on providing training and long term career prospects to Indigenous Australians with 51 participants currently involved nationwide.” he said.
 
“We currently employ five indigenous apprentices across Queensland and we want to grow that number in the next few years.”
 
“We believe increasing diversity in the workplace increases your capacity to be innovative, flexible and responsive in an increasingly challenging environment. It is part of our mission to identify Indigenous businesses and take the time and effort to provide support and mentoring.

“We are strong advocates for training which is why we are supporting the 2016 CSQ Excellence Awards again this year as the sponsor for the Indigenous Student of the Year Award.”

The Gold Coast School of Construction offers training programs ranging from pre-employment to advanced courses at large construction sites around Queensland in Yatala, Toowoomba, West End in Brisbane, Southport and Yarrabilba.
 
“In addition, we also deliver our school based Ready for Construction (R4C) program to more than 100 students in high schools throughout South East Queensland,” Alan said.
 
“We are looking to influence 300 students by 2017 when the program is delivered to 17 State High Schools in the Gold Coast region, with 10 percent of students expected to be indigenous.
 
“As with all of our workforce development programs, the R4C program has been designed and delivered by a practicing builder.”
 
For school leavers, Hutchinson Builders delivers the Trade Start program in partnership with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) which provides insight into the construction experience for graduates and those in different professions. They are currently achieving an employment rate of over 70% for those who graduate.

For more information about careers in the industry visit www.csq.org.au.

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About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
 
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Funded by an industry training levy, we work closely with students, schools, employers, apprentices, industry partners, training providers and individuals across Queensland to build capability at every level of business. As a recognised industry leader, our mission is to promote the building and construction industry as a career of first choice, encourage investment in skills and training and increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.