The Deadly Painters program is a unique pre-apprenticeship program that was run in 2014 in partnership with Black Community Housing and Australian Red Cross and was co-funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments. The program itself provided employability and life-skills training for seven participant’s who also gained entry-level (Certificate I) industry training in carpentry and painting with real onsite work experience.
The participants spent five weeks learning about the painting trade, while upgrading two houses in Bulimba in dire need of external painting. They also traveled to Yatala to complete their training and also put their hand at entry level carpentry training. Of the seven original participants five have gone on to obtain apprenticeships in a variety of roles including painting, plumbing, carpentry and rendering.
Hutchinson Builders and GCSC have developed its own unique construction training program aimed at improving the employability of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders. Statim (begin/start) Yaga (work), term words derived from Torres Strait Islander creole and the Jagera language groups respectively, denotes a range of services and programs our construction school delivers to maximise employment and training outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Implemented in 2014, Statim-Yaga is already seeing increased numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders participants enrolling in and completing training and gaining employment. This is a result of our unique blend of life-skills, accredited pre-apprenticeship training, mentoring and structured workplace learning on Hutchinson Builders’ and partner sites.
Daniel is a 2nd Year Apprentice Carpenter with GCSC, he currently works in the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba team. Always wanting to be a Carpenter, life circumstances changed for Daniel and instead found himself down a path that would see him complete a Bakery Apprenticeship. With a need to work outdoors Daniel came through a Hutchinson Builders TradeStart program which was run in Gratham as part of the rebuild effort post the 2011 floods.
Daniel was offered work with Hutchies as a labourer in Chinchilla and impressed to the point where he was offered an apprenticeship. Nominated in 2013 and 2014 as a finalist in the Construction Skills Queensland – Indigenous Construction Worker of the Year Award, Daniel continues to work hard and hopes to one day to build his own family home.
After completing high school without any firm idea of what he wanted to do (other than work outdoors), Lenny signed up in Hutchinson’s TradeStart program. The 12 week program gave him a real taste and understanding of the construction industry, an experience which he credits for eventually gaining a Carpentry Apprenticeship with Hutchinson Builders.
“It meant that I knew what to expect when going out on sites, and gave me the confidence to go and get on with it, that is I felt I could begin work immediately – on any site.”
An aspiring Rugby League player Lenny also dreamt of playing in the NRL, a dream that would start to take shape as he was offered a contract with the North Queensland Cowboys Under 20’s team. However understanding there are no certainties in football, Lenny is balancing his apprenticeship with his football commitments to ensure he has a ‘Plan B’ in life – that and he also wants to build his own home one day.