Friday 16 December 2016
By Ginninderry Project Team

On Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December, we celebrated two more graduations for the SPARK Ginninderry Training and Employment Initiative.

Many of the participants graduating from the Ginninderry development’s SPARK pre-employment programs in West Belconnen over the next two days have already secured paid employment in their chosen sector.

The SPARK program is an initiative of the Ginninderry joint venture between the ACT Government and Riverview Projects.

Students of the Belconnen Community Service Childcare Pre-Employment Program and West Belconnen Pre-Employment Construction Program have put in months of hard work to develop skills, gain work experience and get exposure to a range of employment pathways.

As well as gaining a host of new skills, all graduates will receive industry-recognised qualifications -either a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a Certificate II in Construction.

Emma Sckrabei, who is the training and employment manager for the Ginninderry development and heads up the SPARK initiative, said basing these pre-employment programs in the community rather than in the classroom is what sets them apart.

“Students who may have had negative learning experiences previously are able to reconnect with education in a way that is less confronting,” Emma said.

“The SPARK initiative is about generating economic opportunities for local people in West Belconnen and helping people to become more prosperous and socially connected by learning new skills.”

SPARK training and employment programs rely on a range of important industry and community partnerships. For the childcare program, SPARK has worked with the Belconnen Community Service and the Canberra Institute of Technology, and the program was made possible through Profile Funding – an ACT Government initiative.

The construction program was funded through Skilled Capital, an ACT Government training initiative funded by both the ACT and Australian governments. Delivery partners include the Belconnen Community Service, Canberra City Care, Bricklayer Training Australia, Construction Industry Training Council, Better Services and OzHelp Foundation.