The Work Shop began operations in December 2013, as the outcome of a comprehensive community engagement program conducted by The Hornery Institute (one of the foundation funding partners along with Lendlease and Sunshine Coast Council) for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital Project.
Operating until August 31 2015, The Work Shop was the construction employment and skills hub for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital Project. This free service enabled on-site contractors to register their vacancies and jobseekers to register their interest, ultimately leading to employment for locals.
The results are impressive with 807 jobs in 20 months. 82% of placements were local residents and 19% were previously unemployed people.
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.
For more information or to discuss similar workforce development initiatives, please contact us on 0438 638 725.
To provide strategically planned and tailored workforce development solutions and specifically designed employment and training initiatives by engaging with employers, jobseekers, education, training or employment service providers, community organisations and governments of all levels.
The Hornery Institute, in partnership with industry, community and service providers, will research, plan and deliver creative workforce development strategies designed to maximise local job opportunities and skills investment during specific major projects or opportunities.
At Lendlease, we work with communities, clients and our colleagues to create positive legacies from funding a project right through to construction and development.
The Sunshine Coast Council's vision is for the Sunshine Coast to become Australia's most sustainable region—vibrant, green, diverse.
The Hornery Institute (THI) is an independent not for profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of communities. The Institute's charter is to help make communities better places to live, learn, work and play.