NORTHHUBWhen our Engineering business was tendering for the Northern Connector road project in Adelaide, the South Australian Government stipulated this major project needed to create jobs for locals. High unemployment rates in the northern Adelaide region was further impacted by the closure of the Holden automotive plant in 2017.
Upon winning this new 15.5 kilometre, six lane road project, Lendlease, in partnership with the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure, launched NorthHub, an employment and training centre to connect jobseekers to employment opportunities. Former Holden employees are now employed on this project, including an office manager, an environmental officer and several construction workers.
Through NorthHub, we have provided employment and training opportunities to a range of target groups including displaced automotive workers, long term unemployed, women, Indigenous Australians, trainees and apprentices. Our goal was for 20 per cent of onsite hours to be delivered by these target groups, and we have already exceeded 35 per cent. We are proud to be helping locals establish sustainable careers in the construction industry.
MORE MILESTONES AT OUR SKILLING & EMPLOYMENT CENTRE IN ST MARYS (SYDNEY)Since 2005, the Skilling & Employment Centre has assisted more than 4,500 people to achieve jobs. 1,600 people have undertaken skilling courses that support job readiness in the areas of: construction, first aid, computer skills, networking, resume preparation and interview techniques.
SAFETY SUPERVISOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SSAP) IN MALAYSIAIn collaboration with Malaysia’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), we developed the Safety Supervisor Apprenticeship Program (SSAP). As the first formal apprenticeship collaboration between the public and private sectors in Malaysia, the program focuses on the safety needs of the construction industry.
The structured program provides industry recognised training (encompassing both theoretical and onsite training components) through an integrated approach by Lendlease and CIDB. Those who complete the SSAP receive a formal CIDB and Lendlease SSAP qualification, as well as various certifications from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and National Institute of Occupational Safety.
TRAINING ACADEMY AT PAYA LEBAR QUARTER (SINGAPORE)At Paya Lebar Quarter, we aim to raise the bar in worker engagement and set new standards for the construction industry in Singapore. To do this, we introduced the Training Academy. Open to all workers, the daily courses covered low risk awareness and high risk tolerance topics including Frontline Leaders, Incident & Injury Free and Cranes & Lifting. With over 25,500 hours completed in FY17, new standards for worker competency have been established in the Singapore construction market.
BE ONSITELendlease supports employment initiatives in the communities we work in. Be Onsite traces back to the Bluewater project in the late 1990s, when Lendlease partnered with the UK Government’s ‘Job Centre Plus’ to match local disadvantaged job seekers with employment opportunities on this project.
In 2008, Lendlease evolved this partnership into an independent not for profit. Over the last 10 years, Be Onsite has employed 616 people on Lendlease projects throughout the UK, with 238 of these roles on our Elephant Park project.