The City of Playford is creating South Australia’s Next Great City and, at the same time, building job opportunities for local people.
^^ Munno Para man Jayson Benson has benefited from the City of Playford’s Industry Participation Policy via work experience at the Playford Bowling Centre. Photo: Rob McLean Through the City of Playford’s Industry Participation Policy (IPP), introduced in 2016, 20 work experience and 14 employment outcomes have been provided by nine Council contractors.
Civil construction and labouring have provided the majority of the opportunities, while one company employed an undergraduate civil engineer. WORKFORCE TRANSITION
City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the IPP is a critical link in Council’s Next Great City investment strategy.
“This program creates real life opportunities for members of our community to transition into new jobs and future industries,” he said.
“Several participants employed on the projects delivered in the City of Playford have been employed by the companies after the project has been completed; other participants have sourced further employment with different companies.”“This initiative has provided opportunities for committed and hard-working jobseekers and is a significant benefit of the City of Playford’s Next Great City project."
^^ Jayson Benson talks about his involvement with the Industry Participation Program.NEW CAREERS
Among those who have benefited is Munno Para’s Jayson Benson, who is transitioning from a successful 30-year career in hospitality and management into the building industry.
Undertaking a Certificate 3 in Civil Construction, Jayson has completed work experience with Romaldi Constructions on the Playford Bowling Centre project at Elizabeth.
“Living in Munno Para prompted the change, I could see the potential in construction from what was happening in my area – when I moved here there were six houses and a petrol station and now there are houses everywhere,” Jayson said.
“This industry is all about showing up, giving it your best and adhering to the policies that are in place.”
Through his work Jayson has received three job offers and taken pride in making his mark on the community.
“I’ve served hundreds and thousands of people in the hospitality industry but, at the end of the day, I never leave anything behind – in construction I get to drive past places like the Playford Bowling Club and say I helped build that,” Jayson said. HOW TO APPLY
Participants for IPP projects are sourced through partnerships with registered training organisations and are recent graduates of Civil Construction qualifications.
For further information, contact Jenny Campbell at the City of Playford (8256 0333). HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Industry Participation Policy delivers greater economic benefit to the region from Council projects:
• Improved industry capability and capacity through capital investment,
• Employment and workforce development,
• Retention of economic activity in the state, and
• Additional value-adding activities, innovation and supply chain development. WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED?• BMD Constructions,
• Camco SA,
• Dig-It Landscapes,
• Kennett Builders,
• Neo Infrastructure Pty Ltd,
• SADB Directional Drilling,
• T& J Constructions,
• S.E.M. Civil Pty Ltd,
• Romaldi Constructions, and
• Pike Constructions. WHAT WERE THE PROJECTS?
• Irrigation system pipe laying for recycled water,
• Rural road reseal,
• NEXY Detention Basin (Civil and Earthworks Construction),
• Bridge maintenance,
• Fremont Park redevelopment,
• Playford Tennis Centre,
• Prince George Plaza,
• Playford Lawn Bowls Redevelopment,
• Landscaping/paving redevelopment, and
• CBD multi-storey car park.