MiHaven graduation by Pip Miller 4 November 2013
iHaven, in association with Construction Skills Queensland, BEST Services, NEATO Employment Services and Choice Training hosted a graduation ceremony recently in Cairns for five jobseekers who successfully completed the organisation’s innovative Trade Start General Certificate 1 in Construction – PreEmployment Program. The ceremony recognised the significant contribution this cohort made to stage two of Central Plaza Hotel’s refurbishment while celebrating many positive outcomes including news that four out of the five trainees have secured full time employment at The Designer Garden, Australian Plumbing Gas & Solar and Collins Warehousing. Since the introduction of MiHaven’s training school for indigenous and non- indigenous Australians in January
Jason Webb, Nick King, Peter Moggs, Matthew Fatnowa and Emily Beales at the Graduation Ceremony in Cairns. Image supplied
2012 MiHaven in association with its partnership with NEATO is helping to close the gap between Indigenous unemployment that sits at 22 per cent compared to 5.5 per cent for nonIndigenous in Cairns. It is making a difference and changing lives and wants other companies to follow suit and jump on board the train to social change. The figures speak for themselves. MiHaven has facilitated the training and graduation of 65 job seekers; 80 per cent of which are now employed or are undergoing apprenticeships. Through its industry-based initiatives, MiHaven with NEATO has been able
to facilitate employment outcomes for those whom are deemed as ‘unemployable’. As a major supplier and support partner to the MiHaven Construction housing system, Nik Collins of Collins Warehousing says “We fully support MiHaven as an industry leader in developing its innovative pre-employment construction training program for disadvantage Indigenous jobseekers in the cairns region and for the remote communities they are engaged with. “Our support to the program includes a pathway to employment providing work experience placement
opportunities to the trainees and on occasion our organisation has also been able to provide employment to a trainee. We will continue to support MiHaven in its social enterprise initiatives and believe that this is the gateway to the future with industry taking a leading role.” Projects undertaken have included the renovation of Cairns Plaza Hotel, The Men’s Shed in Tully, private homes throughout the region and the establishment of a training school in the remote community of Napranum near Weipa including a pilot project building five houses.
MiHaven hosted a graduation ceremony recently in Cairns for five jobseekers who successfully completed the organisation’s innovative Trade S...