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Modelling a future for young folk

Building company BGC Modular recently opened its Canning Vale worksite to a group of young Aboriginal people taking part in a job-readiness course called Get a Job Bootcamp with the Burnna Yurrul Aboriginal Corporation.

The 12 trainees were given a tour of the site as part of BGC’s association with BYAC, a Guildford-based provider of pre-work training, labour hire and waste-management services to mining and civil contractors in Perth, the Goldfields and the Pilbara.

4x2 the diamond interior 01Taking its name from the words for “red dust” in the Wongatha language from the Goldfields, BYAC aims to empower young Aboriginals by creating employment and business opportunities. “BGC’s position as a national leader in the building and construction industry presents a great opportunity to partner with BYAC through the provision of employment opportunities for Aboriginal people within the various divisions,” said Lloyd Jenkins, executive general manager for BGC Modular.

“This is not about providing jobs from a welfare perspective but about exposing a group of enthusiastic and work-ready young men to the building and construction industry for them to consider this type of work as an option, where not everyone wants to work in the resource industry as a FIFO worker.”

The BYAC group was given an introduction by BGC community relations manager Danny Ford before being taken on a tour of the worksite, which incorporates a 9000sqm undercover manufacturing facility that produces modular building products for the residential, commercial, and mining and resources sectors.

“The day was a great success with the trainees experiencing firsthand the opportunities available and getting a feel for what it would be like working for an organisation like BGC,” Mr Jenkins said.

“It also gave BGC a chance to meet a bunch of dedicated and enthusiastic young males who are keen to get into the workforce to enjoy an independent future for themselves and their families.” One of the BYAC participants, Lindsay Egan, said that it had been good to see the BGC facility.

“I didn’t even know there were places like that with all those types of jobs for us,” Mr Egan said. “The guys were really friendly, too.” Mr Ford said he hoped the field trip had opened up the possibility of working in the building and construction industry for members of the group.

“We look forward to seeing some applications, which hopefully will lead to some interviews,” he said. “Better still, this should lead to some of these young blokes getting jobs.” This should lead to some of these young blokes getting jobs.

Publication: The_West_Liftouts
Edition: METRO
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Publication Date: 17-11-2012

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