Developer and builder Grocon has exceeded its training targets on the Parklands Project with a celebration kicking off on site to commemorate the momentous achievement.
Representatives from the Queensland Department of Education and Training, Subcontractors, Parklands Apprentices, Short Course, Certificate and Diploma students, Gold Coast School of Construction and Construction Skills Queensland will be joining the morning tea festivity on the $550 million project.
Mr Anthony Knobloch, Director Training, South East Region from the QLD Department of Education and Training will present a Certificate of Appreciation to Grocon to acknowledge the project surpassing its training targets.
Mr Brett Schimming, CEO, from Construction Skills Queensland said “Investing in training and skills development is essential in ensuring workers have the right skills for projects, ensures workers stay safe on building and construction sites and facilitates rewarding careers in construction”.
At the commencement of the Project, the most significant of its type ever undertaken on the Gold Coast, training targets were set at 265,000 Subcontractor and 26,000 Grocon training hours by 30 September 2017.
The Grocon training hours were achieved at the end of May 2017 and the Subcontractor target at 30 June 2017 and at 31 July 2017 the project recorded a total of 301,000 training hours on site, exceeding the target hours well ahead of the target date.
A total of 285 courses were completed across the Project, including 237 Short Courses covering: Working Safely at Heights, Confined Spaces and Licence to Operate a Personnel and Materials Hoist. Additionally, 47 students completed a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.
Steven Grimes, Project General Manager of Parklands said “We’re incredibly excited to be celebrating this milestone. It’s been our aim from the inception of the Project to leave a lasting legacy on the Gold Coast. Through our commitment to training we believe that Subcontractors and employees that have worked on the Parklands Project will be a cut above the rest when seeking future employment and the supplementary skilled workers on the Gold Coast will stimulate the economy well past the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games”.
The Parklands Project is one of the most significant urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. The Project is estimated to inject $550 million into the local economy and to generate 1,500 full-time equivalent jobs throughout design and construction delivering economic stimulus, employment and opportunities for the Gold Coast community.