The Work Shop (TWS) began in 2013 as a unique pilot project to create a construction employment and skills hub, providing access to opportunities for local jobseekers to work on the Queensland Government’s $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project.

The main objective was to ensure locals had access to on-site construction employment and to liaise with the community and local employment, training and education service providers.

The free service linked jobseekers to job vacancies notified by on-site contractors who then made the decision to employ referred candidates based on required skills, experience and qualifications – ultimately leading to employment for locals.

There were many collaborators and partners involved, including Lendlease, Sunshine Coast Council and The Hornery Institute, which was responsible for the governance of the centre, as well as supporting partners, including Master Builders and CSQ.

Having reached peak construction employment on the project, the role of TWS has now been fulfilled and TWS recently celebrated the results: 

  • 807 people found positions through TWS
  • 19% were previously unemployed
  • 13% were aged between 15 and 24 years
  • 59 apprenticeships and traineeships secured

The full results and impact on the local economy can be downloaded at www.myworkshop.net.au along with testimonials from local jobseekers and contractors. 

TWS website will remain live until August 2016 and includes links for jobseekers looking for careers within the health and facilities management sectors at the public hospital once open.