Diz Footprints was launched in February 2019 by CPB in partnership with Nepean Redevelopment. It is a trainee and mentorship program for local Year 10 Aboriginal high school students who are interested in gaining skills and experience in the construction industry.

The program was established in collaboration with the NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Industry, the local NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and the Nepean Aboriginal Health Service, and forms part of CPB Contractors’ Reconciliation Action Plan commitment to boost Indigenous training and employment. 

Five students were selected to undertake the program, which offers a 2-year Certificate II in Construction Pathways qualification as part of their Higher School Certificate. Since starting the program, the students have learnt about multiple trades including landscaping, painting, cleaning and general labouring. In their second year, the students will be working with experienced tradespeople in formwork, concreting and carpentry.

The students spend one day a week on site at the Nepean Redevelopment and one day with a TAFE college while completing their High School Certificate (HSC) course. The qualification provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry, (with the exception of plumbing).  

All five students are still engaged in the program (one student moved away and was replaced) and are expected to gain their Certificate II in construction at the end of 2020.

Round 2

The Diz Footprints team is about to start the interview process to engage five more Year 10 student positions for round 2 of the program, and the new students will commence in January 2020.

To select the new students, The Diz Footprints team will soon visit all the local high schools, conducting information sessions and student interviews in partnership with the high school careers advisors, and in consultation with the NBMLHD Aboriginal Health Unit. 

To find out more please contact Mark Foster: mark.foster@cpbcon.com.au

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