Doorways 2 Civil Construction

McCosker offers a variety of employment pathways through our involvement with Education Queensland and Industry Partnership (EQIP) programs in Gladstone and are proud to continue our support for Doorways 2 Civil Construction

Year 10 students participating in the Eqip Doorways to Civil Construction program are dressed the part after receiving official McCosker work uniforms. Committing to one day per week on-site work placement with McCosker Contracting for the duration of the year, 18 students from Toolooa, Gladstone, Tannum and Mt Larcom State High Schools will become familiar with industry standards and expectations with regard to Workplace Health and Safety and workplace procedures, enhancing their employment skills. Upon achievement of their Certificate I in Resource Infrastructure Operations, students will have completed 320 hours of hands-on structured work placement and become first aid certified. Eqip Program Coordinator, Greg Perry, said the program had been running for six years, with the support of McCosker Contracting. “We work out of McCosker’s workshop and have access to two containers and a crib room. The students receive an eye opening experience into the civil construction industry,” said Greg. “We have even had some students take up apprenticeships at the end of their year.”

McCosker Superintendent, Ross Hagedon, said participants have the opportunity to learn the importance of good work ethics while gaining valuable experience. “It is also an opportunity for McCosker to invest in the development of future skilled labour.”

Year 10 student, Cody Andrewartha, said the course allows students to see what it is like to work in a real work environment. “It expands our employment opportunities post school and put us ahead of other applicants applying for the same job,” he said. Looking toward the future, participant Wayne Gough said he hoped the program would help with gaining an apprenticeship. “We are taught skills by qualified tradesman and exposed to tools and industrial equipment; this will be of considerable benefit when applying for positions.”

 

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