Local training leads to jobs

Article image - Local training leads to jobs Community Development Program saw strong participation from Roper River job seekers.

Roper Gulf Regional Council, Northern Territory, is celebrating the success of its Community Development Program in Borroloola, which saw strong participation in local training opportunities by job seekers.

The goal of the Community Development Program (CDP) was to support, assist and service CDP job seekers by providing a ‘Package of Support’ including a combination of vocational and non-vocational training, essential skills training, assistance to overcome personal barriers to employment, job search assistance, ongoing support and more.

Recently, CDP job seekers in Borroloola completed training to receive their White Card: Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry. The training was delivered by Senior Lecturer, Alvin Tan, from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Participants were made up of CDP job seekers, Mabunji staff and Council Municipal staff.

Of the 26 trainees, 19 went on to begin a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, also delivered by Alvin Tan, developing their skills and expertise further to operate and work on a civil construction plant.

Roper Gulf Regional Council congratulated all participants involved in the course for investing time in their professional development and in their future, appreciating the commitment shown by job seekers and encouraging all participants to keep persevering with the training.
The high level of participation in the course was a terrific
result for the Community Development Program and for the Borroloola Community.

A number of local construction projects about to commence in Borroloola will require qualified employees, aligning with the training undertaken and offering potential for employment.

Some of these upcoming projects include:

  • construction of new toilet block at the airport ($448,000) 

  • upgrades of the power and water at the Borroloola Sports and Showgrounds ($486,000)
  • road construction and upgrades in Borroloola township ($547,000), and 

  • construction of a shelter and cyclone shelter at basketball courts ($6.9 million).

This is a great example of how the Community Development Program can assist local job seekers to complete training and provide an opportunity to be employed on local jobs.

Council congratulates all CDP participants, staff and local stakeholders involved in this training and looks forward to seeing the opportunities that surface as a result of everyone’s hard work.