We're part of the Commonwealth Games team!

By: yourtown 04 Apr 2016 Blog, yourtown

Proudly part of the team building the infrastructure needed for success!

The Commonwealth Games village on the Gold Coast is well and truly underway. We're proud to say that we're involved with making it happen.

Two employees from yourtown are part of the team (lead by the developer, Grocon) that's bringing the Commonwealth Games Village to life. These placements are part of the Indigenous Participation Policy and Workforce Development and Key to the involvement with this project is yourtown employee, Dean Brunker.

Dean commenced at yourtown in July, 2006 and holds the position of VTEC Manager for Employment, Education and Training.  With Dean's help, Grocon have now delivered over 17,000 Indigenous employment and training hours on site. He's delivering fantastic outcomes for amazing young people.

This project has been a great experience and Dean has engaged with different indigenous businesses for labour hire of specific trades, such as plumbers, electricians, general labourers and other specialist services throughout the project. Dean has also established a Grocon Indigenous Participation Plan Liaison Committee partnering with government and local council, along with traditional owners to advise Grocon and support them with community communication

Dean recently met with the Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchcliffe, and six graduates from a Trade Start program which was initiated by Dean and funded by Construction Skills Queensland. These young people should all gain employment on site. It's an exciting time for these young people and we're proud to be part of their journey.

Natalie Haestier will also soon commence on site. Natalie joined the yourtown team in January 2009 and holds the position of Training Solutions Manager. Natalie will be working under contract with Grocon, in the role of Workforce Development Coordinator, aiming to create job opportunities on-site for unemployed people plus coordinate training and up skill existing workers. All the best, Natalie. We know you'll do a great job for these young people!

yourtown will continue to partner with Grocon in upcoming community projects, including a Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) project at the Southport Special School.



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