SPARK Training and Employment Initiative

SPARK is our unique training and employment initiative that was born out of our commitment to improving the education, social, and economic outcomes of residents in the local area. Since its inception in 2016, SPARK has proudly delivered over 1500 training places, 600 work experience places and 750 jobs.

SPARK Stories

Watch the journeys of three SPARK Participants and how how Ginninderry’s unique training and employment initiative changed their trajectory.

The Future of SPARK

The SPARK training and employment initiative will take a break between July 2023 and June 2024; however, we look forward to providing more training and employment opportunities to the Capital Region community in the near future.

If you are a previous SPARK participant requiring support, please contact UnitingCare Kippax at (02) 6254 1733 and ask for Jesna, or click the link below and submit the SPARK form.

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Work Experience & Employment

Social inclusion clauses are written into all Ginninderry procurement contracts for capital works and commercial land sales. These clauses oblige contractors to provide work experience and/or new paid employment positions for residents in the local area; in addition to the contractor’s existing workforces.

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Engagement, Training and Employment Programs

We partner with a wide variety of registered training organisations, stakeholders and employers to deliver programs aimed at key disadvantaged groups (youth, aboriginal, mature aged, long term unemployed and culturally and linguistically diverse people) who are disconnected from the labour market. These programs help people take the next steps from engagement through to training and employment and include traineeships and apprenticeships.

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Live Training Sites

Through our infrastructure works and other smaller scale projects with local image stakeholders we can deliver vital “hands-on” skills and help people connect to accredited and non-accredited vocational pathways. Among the industry sectors we’re targeting are Civil Construction, Construction, Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation Land Management, Aged Care, Home and Community Care, Individual Support Services, Early Childhood Education and Care, Business Administration and Hospitality.

Program impact

Since the SPARK was established in 2016, the award winning training and employment program has delivered significant outcomes, changing the lives of hundreds of participants and generating flow on benefits to the community.

  • 1672 training places

    1672 training places

  • 707 work experience placements

    707 work experience placements

  • 845 jobs created

    845 jobs created

  • $7.2m funding secured

    $7.2m funding secured

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