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Graduates from Sydney Football Stadium Pre-Employment

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been offered jobs in the re-construction of the Sydney Football Stadium as part of a targeted employment program.

Following their graduation from the pre-employment training program last week, these job seekers have been offered roles with John Holland’s sub-contractors.

Seven participants took part in the program – with five to work on the SFS re-build and two working with other construction companies.

The participants undertook a three-week training program, and everyone who completed the course has been offered a job.

Employment Services provider, Global Skills, was appointed the lead jobactive provider to coordinate the recruitment, screening and support of the participants in the program.

Executive Industry Manager for Global Skills, Martin Petersons, said the commitment from the job seekers to the program was extraordinary.

“We required 100% attendance, punctuality and focus on learning. All the participants passed with flying colours which is a testament to their willingness to be involved in this historic rebuild. They were a pleasure to work with.”

Social Inclusion & Workforce Adviser with John Holland, Stevie Cole, said all the job seekers had made big, courageous steps in their career journeys and towards achieving their goals of purposeful and rewarding employment.

“The Sydney Football Stadium will be among some of the most iconic projects we’ve built. It will be a world-class, state of the art stadium and is due to be completed in 2022,” she said.

“Years from now these employees will be able to say ‘I helped build that.”

Other partners who played an active delivery role included the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Health & Safety Advisory Service and the Aboriginal Resource Group.