The Work Shop is a unique collaborative job brokerage and training coordination project that seeks to connect the local community to employment and skills opportunities.
The Work Shop was created as a pilot project to provide the construction employment and skills hub for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital (SCPUH) project. Beginning in December 2013, The Work Shop provided local jobseekers with access to work opportunities on this Queensland Government $1.8 billion project until the hospital construction reached peak workforce in August 2015.
The main objective was to ensure locals had access to on-site construction employment opportunities. This was achieved with 807 placements, 82% of whom were local residents and 19% were previously unemployed. 107 young people (15-24yo) and 180 mature aged (45+yo) were hired and 59 trainees or apprentices gained positions on-site.
As well as managing enquiries, applications and referrals directly with jobsekers who registered online, The Work Shop liaised with the community including employment, training and education service providers, industry and community organisations, and government agencies. This free service linked jobseekers to job vacancies notified by on-site contractors who then made the decision to employ referred candidates based on required skills, experience and qualifications.
The Work Shop initiative was the outcome of a comprehensive community engagement program conducted by The Hornery Institute (one of the foundation funding partners with Lendlease and Sunshine Coast Council) for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project. The Hornery Institute became responsible for implementing The Work Shop on-site service and its ongoing operation and governance.
The Hornery Institute is investigating future project opportunities for The Work Shop model. In the short term, The Work Shop will relocate to Yarrabilba, a Lendlease community in Logan, south of Brisbane, to operate in a modified format as a community facility for job matching, training coordination, essential community services and small or home-based business support.
The Hornery Institute welcomes enquiries regarding workforce development initiatives including The Work Shop and other potential projects. For further information and contact details please go to www.myworkshop.net.au/contact