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Barangaroo South to transform the lives of thousands of Australians



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SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

MEDIA RELEASE

28 August 2012

Barangaroo South to transform the lives of thousands of Australians

More than 100,000 jobs will be created during construction of the Barangaroo South development and thousands of Australians, including 500 apprentices, will receive on the job training.

A landmark partnership announced today between the Gillard Government, Lend Lease and the Construction and Property Services Industry Skill Council will see more than 2600 mature age workers, Indigenous Australians and people with low literacy and numeracy skills trained on site over the next three years.

In addition, 500 apprentices will be supported to complete their apprenticeship training.

Announcing the partnership today during National Skills Week, Minister for Skills Senator Chris Evans said the Gillard Government investment of more than $7 million, together with $4 million from Lend Lease, will deliver on-the-job training that will boost workplace productivity on the $6 billion green residential, commercial and public complex.

“This project, while transforming a former container port into a $6 billion development, will also be transforming the lives of thousands of Australians who will gain qualifications while on the job,” Senator Evans said.

“Instead of relying on contractors and foreign workers to prop up their workforce, Lend Lease is investing in their own people, giving Australians the first chance to access these jobs.

“Young school leavers, mature age workers, Indigenous Australians and people with low literacy and numeracy skills are getting the chance to get a qualification while taking part in the construction of a major development project.”

The Barangaroo Project aims to upskill 10 per cent of the total 100,000 workforce over the life of the project including: 700 new workers or existing workers the opportunity to undertake training at the Certificate III to the Vocational Graduate Diploma level;

760 mature-age workers support to obtain nationally recognised qualifications from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma; 1,150 workers support to improve their English language, literacy and numeracy skills; and 500 Australian Apprentices, who are in the first year of their apprenticeship, targeted

mentoring to assist them in completing their apprenticeships.

Lend Lease also aims to have 500 Indigenous people participate during the life of the project.

“Lend Lease has joined with the Gillard Government to put Australians into quality, permanent jobs, as well as train thousands more in the skills that the project will require,” Senator Evans said.

“This partnership builds on our transformation of the skills system that puts industry at the heart of the training effort.”

Senator Evans’ Media Contact: Amy McKenna 0408 570 603