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Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational education and training (VET) provide people with the workplace skills and technical knowledge they need to meet current and future employment demands. VET is designed to support NSW’s economic, regional and community development.

Landcom’s projects provide opportunities for skilling and developing the workforce now and into the future. We work with TAFE NSW and other private and community training organisations to develop programs that address the specific skills requirements of the development project. We seek to provide education and training opportunities as well as employment pathways for participating students.

 

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools

VET studentsLandcom supports the Department of Education’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools program for students who are undertaking industry-recognised construction courses as part of their Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Landcom facilitates the delivery of the workplace learning component of the course over Years 11 and 12 by linking students with principal contractors working on Landcom sites. This enables students to gain practical experience, informing their career choices and building their employability skills.

In 2018 Landcom and contractors hosted the first cohort of students from  Bonnyrigg High School undertaking a VET Construction course at our Bonnyrigg site.

In 2019  the program will be rolled out to other project sites, including Oran Park, Renwick and Edmondson Park, as well as Bonnyrigg, enabling more students to gain workplace skills and technical knowledge to equip them for the future.

Skills Exchange

The Skills Exchange program is a key element of Landcom’s Research and Learning function and demonstrates Landcom’s strong commitment to lifelong learning and social sustainability.

The Skills Exchange program seeks to provide clear pathways for local people to access local jobs. In collaboration with job placement providers and employers, the focus will be on recruiting the long term unemployed and under-employed into skilled programs to ensure they can access vital upskilling training, relevant skilled industry work experience and ultimately, long term employment.

Landcom requires contractors on our projects to employ individuals who complete the Skills Exchange program in relevant, local work.

Where has Landcom run the Skills Exchange?

Airds - Newbrook

S9A0195The first  Skills Exchange program, which was a partnership between Landcom, NSW Land & Housing Corporation and TAFE NSW, commenced in March and concluded in May with ten residents from Claymore and Airds graduating. The students participated in an eight-week training course to gain a Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation.

Five students have been offered positions with contractor Western Earthmoving, which is undertaking civil works to enable future residential development at the Newbrook project. The other five students will be connected with labour hire companies to help their job search.

Macarthur Heights

Vet graduationThe second Skills Exchange program commenced in November and concluded in February 2019 with seven residents from Claymore & Airds graduating. The students participated in a program delivered by an RTO and gained a Certificate II in Land Conservation Management.

Five students have been offered positions with contractor TRN, which is undertaking civil works to enable future residential development at our Macarthur Heights project. The other 2 students will be connected with labour hire companies to help them secure employment.

Will Landcom run other Skills Exchange programs?

Landcom has several Skills Exchange programs due to commence in our Bonnyrigg and Claymore projects and hope to expand to other projects.

Skills Exchange Graduation Day

An excerpt from the student’s speech

“We are also really grateful for being a part of the 2019 Skills Exchange because without this course we probably wouldn’t know or have the opportunities we do now, we all definitely pushed ourselves to the limit we thought we couldn’t reach but here we are now with the best knowledge and skill set to confidently step out onto a work site and perform to the best of our abilities” – Zac Thong

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    Representatives from Tafe NSW and Landcom with Skills Exchange graduates.

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    Five Skills Exchange graduates who offered positions with contractor Western Earthmoving.

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    TAFE students celebrating their graduation from the Skills Exchange program.

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    Landcom Chief Executive Officer giving address to Skills Exchange graduates.