Copyright - Civil Safety 2017
Western Cape Work Ready Program
benjamin.hokianga@civilsafety.edu.au
Benjamin Hokianga
Course Convenor and Trainer
0428 884 372
The Western Cape Work Ready Program offers 300 hours of structured work place learning, supported social and personal development training and industry focused outcomes to achieve  a Certificate 2 - Resource & Infrastructure Work Preparation Qualification to ensure level entry knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Local Aboriginal and Indigenous people who are seeking entry-level employment within the civil construction, mining or other industries in Weipa and the wider Cape York region.

The program aim is to support an individual to become “work ready” - which includes a strong focus on effective communication and confidence skills that prepares a person mentally and physically to meet the requirements of the employer and impress fortitude to hold down a full-time job.

Challenging an individual at work and encouraging a good attitude leads to a confident character whose ability to adapt to people and places lifts the barriers that once deterred people from pushing through adversity.

The program is a mix of accredited and non-accredited job preparation, structured work place learning, observational working assessments and frequent verbal presentations that demonstrate understanding and knowledge retention with tailored mining and construction skills simulations.

Our program runs for an average of 12 weeks, with Week 1 of the program orientating people to personal and course administration, enrolments and sign up documentation, site inductions, health and Police checks and other preparation requirements. 

The WCWR program aims to prepare you to enter a mainstream workplace.  The training and work activities are designed to fit together and complement each other.  A balance of formal training (this is usually classroom-based) and supervised outdoor training/work activities captures the hands-on methodology of ‘showing you what to do’.

Our program particularly influences the following areas:

A strong understanding of Workplace health and safety obligations

Enhanced confidence based on indigenous character and application of cultural identify into the modern context

Strong presentation skills and clear communication methods to pass on information to others

A developed team dynamic that promotes awareness, support and duty of care.

A willingness to participate at all levels in order to contribute to a safer working environment.

Ability to manage family, personal and working expectations with self help and seek help strategies in cooperation with the employer.

An empathy towards the employer’s productivity and profit margin drives to be and maintain viability in the marketplace.
The training program is broken down into stages which reflects the changes an individual will adapt to:

Week 1 to 3. - Identify strengths & weaknesses of individuals that may prove detrimental to themselves and the overall team.  Identify bad habits, strengthen and encourage communication, promote communal living standards and expectations, personalise relations early, mentor observations and rapport building, introduce daily routine, introduce consequences to poor performance, introduce teamwork appreciation

Week 4 to 7. - Retention of knowledge, confirmation of knowledge, further development of team work and team dynamics, discuss self-determination, self-reliance, explain and introduce delegated responsibility, highlight quality work practices, further enhance effective communication and presentation skills

Week 8 to 10. - Encourage a competitive drive, promote the value of assimilation, review goals, demonstrate sustainability with support and mentoring, confirmation of self-achievement, strengthened relationships, pride and respect, coping mechanisms to deal with family, community or work-related issues.

Week 10 to 12. - Confirmation of skills developed and team attitude displayed, confident presentations of information for any audience, personal drive to succeed displays goal setting and ambition, a respect for others and willingness to help others reach the required standards, becoming the unexpected role-model.

The program in depth deals with employability barriers and partners with external stakeholders to provide the best access to support services and strategies within our communities.  These workshops include;

Australian Defence Force service as a part time recruit soldier
SES voluntary community participation
QRFS voluntary community participation
Queensland Health support - ATODS, Sexual Health
Community financial advise - Budget and financial management
Job search - discussions with employers and interview preparations
Cultural Awareness - Religion, Violence and History
Driving license issues
Court - Probation and Parole
SPERS Management
Language, Literacy and Numeracy support