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.

With a dedicated team responsible for the planning, management and implementation of our education, work experience and training and employment programs, we generate economic opportunities for the local community based around these key components.

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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.

  • 1548 training places

    1548 training places

  • 609 work experience placements

    609 work experience placements

  • 743 jobs created

    743 jobs created

  • $4.1m funding secured

    $4.1m funding secured

View our programs

From construction to IT, our programs equip people with the relevant training and experience they need to pursue careers and opportunities.

Latest News

  • Meet Mel Lyons – Ginninderry’s SPARK Training and Employment Manager

  • 2021 SPARK JobTrainer Information Technology Taster Program

  • Meet Emma Sckrabei – Head of Community, Training & Employment

  • Jake Stokled – 2021 Yass Construction Program

  • SPARK Yass Construction Graduation

  • Helping clubs recover with SPARK