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NSW GOVT and Civil Contractors Federation partnership on Aboriginal Employment

24-Feb-2015

Minister Dominello, David Castledine and Bryan Doyle at a construction site on the University of Western Sydney’s Campbelltown campus.

Minister Dominello, David Castledine and Bryan Doyle at a construction site on the University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown campus.

The Baird Government has today signed a partnership agreement with the Civil Contractors Federation of NSW (CCF NSW) which will create more job and training opportunities for Aboriginal people in the civil construction and maintenance industry.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello and Member for Campbelltown Bryan Doyle joined CCF NSW CEO David Castledine at a University of Western Sydney construction site in Campbelltown, where a new Industry-based Agreement (IBA) was signed.

Mr Dominello said IBAs, an initiative of OCHRE the NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal affairs, aimed to improve training and job opportunities and retention rates among Aboriginal people in industries including mining and construction.

I commend the CCF NSW and David Castledine for the strong commitment to improving employment and training outcomes for Aboriginal people across our State, he said.

CCF NSW is the peak civil infrastructure body representing employers across all NSW from Tier 1 contractors building our roads and rail lines to sole traders with a single machine preparing new housing lots.

Representing more than 500 employers, 45 per cent of which are based in regional and rural NSW, CCF NSW is well positioned to build new training and job opportunities for young Aboriginal people interested in a career in civil construction.

The civil construction and maintenance industry is a significant contributor to our state economy and an important source of jobs for young people across metropolitan and regional NSW.

The Baird Government has committed to an ambitious infrastructure program, with massive civil projects already underway like the Pacific Highway upgrade and WestConnex, where we've committed to employing 1,000 young apprentices.

The agreement signed today will bolster these opportunities and will be underpinned by an Action Plan setting out the objectives CCF NSW has commitment to delivering on.

Mr Doyle said the new partnership would help link Aboriginal students in the Campbelltown region with employers in the civil infrastructure industry and with apprenticeships and training opportunities.

Campbelltown is home to one of the State's four Opportunity Hubs, a service which is helping to put local Aboriginal students on a pathway to employment, Mr Doyle said.

This agreement will enhance the opportunities available for local students looking to start one of the many professions available in the civil construction industry.

Mr Castledine said today's agreement would help CCF NSW to build on existing initiatives which support young Aboriginal people to find employment in the industry.

The civil construction industry is a significant provider of traineeships and trade apprentices and we believe strongly in working with Aboriginal students to show them the great career opportunities that our industry offers across NSW, Mr Castledine said.

This partnership with the NSW Government will give us additional resources to enhance our Industry Engagement Strategy, helping us connect employers and young Aboriginal people, to improve retention rates, and to promote training services for apprentices.

We look forward to working with the NSW Government to encourage more Aboriginal students to start a career in civil construction as we build the infrastructure NSW so badly needs.

More information about IBAs and other OCHRE initiatives can be found here.

MEDIA:
Matt Dawson (Mr Dominello) 0427 145 575
David Castledine (CCF NSW Chief Executive Officer) 0407 490 003

Dean Wright (Campbelltown Opportunity Hub employee), Minister Dominello, David Castledine, Laura Bradburn (Campbelltown Opportunity Hub employee) and Bryan Doyle at a construction site on the University of Western Sydney’s Campbelltown campus.

Dean Wright (Campbelltown Opportunity Hub employee), Minister Dominello, David Castledine, Laura Bradburn (Campbelltown Opportunity Hub employee) and Bryan Doyle at a construction site on the University of Western Sydney's Campbelltown campus.


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