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Aboriginal students skill-up on construction at Nepean Hospital

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Local Aboriginal school students have joined the construction team on the $1 billion Nepean Redevelopment Stage 1 to launch their trade careers under a successful training program.

The Diz Footprints program offers Western Sydney Year 10 Aboriginal students work experience across a range of construction trades at the Nepean Redevelopment, helping them secure Certificate 2 construction qualifications and post-school employment.

Today’s announcement follows a successful year for the first round Year 10 students in 2019, who are now undertaking a second year onsite, alongside the new recruits.

The Diz Footprints team, which includes local Aboriginal education consultants and construction contractors, CPB, selected five students from St Clair, Cambridge Park, Glenmore Park and Kingswood high schools to be part of the program’s second round.

The students will receive first hand experience from professionals working across a wide range of trades such as landscaping, painting, carpentry and general labouring.

The NSW Government has committed $1 billion for a major expansion and upgrade of Nepean Hospital and community-based services which is being delivered in two stages.

Construction on Stage 1 is well underway and includes a new 14-storey hospital tower with an expanded emergency department, more than 200 overnight beds, 12 operating theatres, 18 birthing suites, a neonatal intensive care unit and a rooftop helipad.

Planning for Stage 2 of the redevelopment is ongoing and will commence construction once Stage 1 is completed.

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