The Connectivity Centre is a hub for collaboration and support, matching job seekers with providers, and creating genuine opportunities for the community.
Footscray Connectivity Centre opens
The Footscray Connectivity Centre, supporting the New Footscray Hospital Build in Victoria, was officially launched in March 2022. Over 70 Guests attended the launch including many individuals and organisations from the community engaged in the initiative.
They were joined on the day by Maribyrnong City Council Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran, Apprenticeships Victoria - DET; Victoria University Polytechnic; the Skills and Job Centre; and representatives from the State, Plenary Health and Multiplex.
Chris Szambelanscyk, Regional Director of Multiplex said “Multiplex are proud to say that this is the 14th Connectivity Centre set up around Australia over the past decade, and it is great to get one up and running in Victoria. We look forward to the great outcomes the Connectivity Centre will create, both for the project and the local community.”
Kelvyn Lavelle, Plenary Health New Footscray Hospital Project Chair, said. “When a government invests $1.5 billion in a project like the New Footscray Hospital, it’s also investing in economic renewal and economic opportunity for local people.
“It was wonderful to attend the launch of the Connectivity Centre that embraces that opportunity and ensures we do our very best to leave behind more than a hospital; that this project also leaves behind skills, expertise and greater job security for local people and local businesses.
“I want to congratulate Multiplex for their commitment to this centre, which connects people and small businesses to the NFH project in a sustainable way.”
Beo Azam (Footscray Connectivity Centre Project Administration Officer)
Laura Rouhan Footscray Connectivity Centre (Project Coordinator)
WSA Connectivity Centre opens
We were recently joined by Minister Fletcher, Minister Robert and WSA CEO Simon Hickey to officially open the Western Sydney Airport Connectivity Centre in Penrith.
This is the 14th Connectivity Centre established by Multiplex, providing a pathway for the local community to access sustainable jobs on the project and setting them up for success long after the airport is built.
Local employment support agencies now have a physical space to come together and work collaboratively, providing a holistic approach for Western Sydney job seekers looking for long-term employment.
Spotlight on Oakdale
The Connectivity Centre could not carry out its work without the commitment and enthusiasm of Multiplex’s subcontractors, and this month we would like to shine a spotlight on one of those subcontractors, Oakdale.
Through their involvement at the Acute Services Building at Westmead and more recently the new Maitland Hospital, Oakdale has supported more than 20 Connectivity Centre trainees and graduates, equipping them with new skills and setting them on a path to a career in construction.
Oakdale has also participated in workshops for Connectivity Centre students and candidates, teaching them about employer expectations and workplace safety.
Mark Gusse, Work Health and Safety Coordinator at Oakdale said, “We fully support the opportunities provided by the Connectivity Centres to locals looking for work. We have had great success with the candidates provided to us and we look forward to working with the centres on future Multiplex projects.”
We appreciate and congratulate Oakdale for their ongoing support and commitment to this very important initiative.
Maitland Connectivity Centre Breaks the Stereotype
In July we celebrated the inaugural Connectivity Centre Trainee of the Month Lisa Bevan, a 47 year old Mother of nine and Grandmother of 12 from Maitland.
There was an artistic buzz at Multiplex’s Westmead Connectivity Centre last week when the winners of the inaugural Westmead Redevelopment Photography Competition were announced.
From more than 790 entries, 26 photographs were selected to be installed in the new Central Acute Services Building, which Multiplex will complete later this year.
The winning entry was awarded to 39 year-old Federico Rekowski for his photograph titled Flow of Time. The black and white piece captures a popular tree landscape in Tuscany, which was first made famous as a screen saver for Windows XP.
“I wanted to reflect that the trees are still standing but time has gone by," Federico said. "I took two photos and joined them at the bottom so it looks like it’s moving like a wave.
“Art brings people together, which is why I think this is a brilliant initiative. Hospitals are usually sterile so having art on the walls moves people and creates a better atmosphere.”
The photography competition was part of the Westmead Redevelopment’s Art and Culture Strategy, which recognises and supports the role of art in health and healing.
Portraits of Multiplex Site Manager Lucas McKeown and Safety Warden Munro Jones were unveiled at our Westmead hospital site this week as part of a series of artworks commissioned for the Westmead Redevelopment's Art and Culture Program.
The portraits were painted by Tim Cao, one of 10 artists in residence at the ArtsLab@Westmead, a studio space we have provided for local artists within our Westmead Connectivity Centre.
They will feature in the new Hospital building we are delivering, along with more than a dozen other works created by the local artistic community.
We were delighted to host Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams at the Connectivity Centre in January and introduce him to some of the fantastic work we are doing here as a collective group. Minister Williams was here to launch the Science Art Explorers Project, a grant awarded to explore youth opportunities and development within the areas of Science and Art. He took the opportunity to look around the Connectivity Centre and was thrilled with the opportunities we are creating for disadvantaged groups in the community.
Congratulations to this latest group of graduates who celebrated completing their Prevocational Training and Traineeship Program at the Multiplex Connectivity Centre at Westmead on Friday. This program is delivered in partnership with Fusion Training and the Connectivity Centre Collaborative Group, and provides trainees with the skills they need to undertake a formal traineeship within the construction industry.
Congratulations to the Westmead Redevelopment project on the launch of its new arts and culture strategy. It aims to transform experiences at Westmead through the arts across healthcare, education, training, research and wellbeing, and we’re proud to support it.
The Westmead Connectivity Centre and Metro Assist recently hosted an open day and barbecue for 36 recently-arrived migrants and people from refugee backgrounds, to showcase opportunities for careers in construction.
Metro Assist CEO Lou Bacchiella said the session highlighted the hidden talent already in our communities, with more than half the participants having had overseas experience and qualifications ranging from trade to high-level engineering skills.
“A major hurdle to skilled migrants and refugees is the complex and expensive process of having qualifications assessed and undergoing retraining, with no job guarantee at the end because they don’t have local industry experience,” he said. “We believe the way forward is to match people’s skills with employer needs and to give this cohort a hand up in gaining local experience and staying connected to their profession.”
Talent in our midst
The new Arts Lab at Westmead Connectivity Centre has recently received a boost of $50,000 from Create NSW. One of nine projects funded through the Western Sydney Making Spaces program, the Arts Lab is an experimental space for artists, curators and cultural workers to build capacity for health/arts projects at Westmead. The grant will provide opportunities for ten residencies until 2019. These residencies could create permanent or ephemeral art works for Westmead Hospital or be exploratory art projects within the Westmead Health Precinct and local communities.
Arts Lab for our Centre
During Naidoc Week, on 10th July, we proudly hosted an exhibition of local Indigenous artists engaged in our Westmead Connectivity Centre project. Indigenous mentor Rebecca Ryan (pictured right) and Axis Plumbing apprentice Kenny Dickson were joined by local painter John Hines with Indigenous carvings provided by Kirk Cain. The artworks are currently on display at the
Connectivity Centre and will be moved to Westmead Hospital at the end of July.
Our Maitland Centre
The Connectivity Centre concept has been successfully used across NSW, including in Maitland where Multiplex recently completed the redevelopment of the Stockland Green Hills shopping centre. Congratulations to our Green Hills Connectivity Centre family who placed more than 180 local people in jobs over the course of the shopping centre project. This short film is a celebration of what they achieved together.
Long-term employment for our trainees
Congratulations to our first group of trainees who have now been in gainful employment for 26 weeks or 6 months. The 26 week milestone is an important one as it represents long-term employment for them. We’re so proud of you all and excited about what your future holds!
We’re supporting the Westmead Redevelopment's Aboriginal Legacy Strategy with a dragonfly artwork, produced by local Darug artist Leanne Tobin, on display at our reception desk. The dragonfly has emerged as an important symbol for Westmead - sharing healing properties from various medicinal bush plants as they fly from one plant to another – and is also the namesake of our address at Dragonfly Drive.
The Westmead Connectivity Centre was renovated by a group of 10 pre vocational trainees.
This short film documents their experiences on the job, and their thoughts and aspirations for the future.