The Atherstone Exchange - Local Jobs for Local People
The Melbourne community of Atherstone is celebrating the official opening of a new skills, jobs and enterprise initiative - The Exchange.
Providing access to local jobs for local people, The Exchange will act as a facilitator of training and skills development, connection to employment opportunities and information about businesses, social enterprises, community groups and services.
Matthew Wallace, Managing Director of Lendlease’s Communities business said,” The Exchange at Atherstone is the second Exchange for the Lendlease Communities portfolio reflecting our commitment to partnering with like-minded organizations to create places that promote growth and generate economic prosperity.
“The Exchange will initially play an important role in connecting the community with construction job opportunities, which may expand to different industry types as the community and local economy grows,” he said.
The development of the Atherstone community to date is estimated to have created over 240 jobs with the objective of creating over 2400 jobs by the end of the project. Many of these jobs enhance not only the economic development of the community but its social fabric as approximately 1 in 12 homes in Atherstone will contain a home-based business. Lendlease hopes to further encourage associated networks such as sub-contractors and home builder partners to support local training and job creation in and around Atherstone. Melton City Council Mayor Sophie Ramsey will launch The Exchange at the BACE at Atherstone along with training partners Victoria Polytechnic and Builders Academy.
Builders Academy will be offering a Certificate 3&4 as well as a Diploma in Building and Construction at the BACE located on Ferris Road in Melton. Builders Academy scope of training will extend in the near future to skills for civil construction.
Victoria Polytechnic is offering IT transition course well suited to the emerging Digital BACE network and the demand for skilled IT professionals across all industries.
The Exchange will promote these immediate opportunities as enrollments are still open to start courses during 2017 with expansion of programs planned for the new year.
“The partners of The Exchange at Atherstone are to be congratulated on this initiative and their commitment to making a difference in the lives those who live in and around to the Atherstone,” said Matthew.