Charlie Collard knows how important it is to provide training opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Mid West region, particularly if they’re looking to find jobs in civil construction, local government and the resources sector.
Charlie coordinates the mobile fleet of civil training equipment that Durack Institute of Technology has for its regional and remote training locations. This includes towns and communities such as Carnarvon, Wiluna, Yulga Jina, Cue, Mount Magnet, Bondini and Buttawindie.
The current fleet of equipment includes light and heavy duty skid steer loaders, mini and large excavators and light to medium sized flat bed and tipping trucks.
Building on this impressive fleet of equipment, Durack has plans to purchase a small plant mobile simulator, a welcome addition that will complement theory, simulated and practical on the job training.
“Providing state of the art equipment to train on goes a long way to ensuring students are job ready for employment opportunities.
In remote areas it’s really important that we provide the training where people live, and at a cost that people can afford.
Often we’re providing training that also supports community projects, a win – win for the locals that live there.”
Over the years Charlie has seen a significant growth in the uptake of training on civil based equipment, and, more importantly students finding jobs. Companies and agencies such as Rio Tinto, Mission Australia, MMG (Golden Grove), Greenough Regional Prison, Job Services Australia, Karrara Mining and, MEEDAC have partnered with Durack to provide on and off the job training and subsequent job opportunities.
Charlie pays a particular tribute to the Trainers from Durack that go the extra mile to travel and stay in the region to get the training done, often hundreds of kilometres away from their families for nights and weeks on end.
“It takes a special kind of person to go out of their comfort zone to work, train and live differently and be open to flexibility in their approach. The local people really appreciate the effort made and you can see the results.”
Charlie always has his eye on the next piece of equipment to purchase to meet evolving industry needs. For more information on civil construction training contact Charlie on 08 9956 2700.