Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has announced that the Fulton Hogan and Fusion Training Solutions pre-employment program has taken out the Industry Collaboration Award at the 2020 NSW Training Awards held in a virtual ceremony broadcast.
Mr Ward congratulated Fulton Hogan and Fusion Training Solutions on receiving the prestigious award.
“Fulton Hogan is an infrastructure company that cares for the communities it serves,” he said.
“They recognise a skilled workforce is important for all Australians and are committed to creating a pipeline of talent by engaging underrepresented groups who offer great potential to the industry.”
Mr Ward said the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program was the catalyst for Fulton Hogan and Fusion Training Solutions to deliver a range of pre-employment programs, apprenticeships and traineeships.
“This innovative collaboration provided employment pathways for the long-term unemployed as well as refugee and asylum seekers in communities near the Albion Park Rail Bypass,” he said.
“In consultation with community groups and SCARF Refugee Support, they devised an integrated training and support program addressing identified learning barriers so participants could develop the capabilities required to step into paid employment.
“Students also put theory into practice by gaining hands-on experience working in a live environment. This supported pathway gave them a sense of purpose, connection and achievement,” Mr Ward said.
The NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Dr Geoff Lee MP said that the students, companies, educators and training providers represented at the NSW Training awards were living proof that NSW’s VET system offered a first-class choice for a rewarding career and lifestyle.
“I congratulate Fulton Hogan and Fusion Training Solutions on being awarded the Industry Collaboration Award,” Mr Lee said.
The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by the NSW Department of Education in recognition of outstanding achievements in VET.