Through a partnership with the City of Rockingham, Workpower’s grounds maintenance team developed new capabilities in their work. This opened new pathways to further opportunities with North Metropolitan TAFE.
In 2020, Workpower won a contract to install 15,000 tubestock plants and tree guards for the City of Rockingham. While the work would usually have been completed by Workpower’s Environmental services team, Property Services Manager Kevin O’Leary saw the opportunity to upskill his staff.
So, with guidance and support, the Property Services team took on the challenge of their first revegetation project.
The project proved to be just what was needed. Employees were able to quickly learn new skills, develop their capabilities, and grow confident in their skillset.
“The project was a great success,” said Kevin.
“The team did such a great job. Subsequently, we got them to support the Environmental team during the busy winter planting season.”
This additional contract saw employees install a further 8,000 plants and tree guards for the City of Cockburn.
Grounds maintenance team continues building capabilities
With experience under their belt, Property Services employees took the skills they cultivated to support Workpower’s North Metropolitan TAFE partnership.
Workpower has provided high quality maintenance services for the Balga and Midland campuses over the past three years. With native plants supplied by Workpower’s Wholesale Nursery, the Property Services team planted out the gardens and will continue to manage the campus grounds for the next two years.
Partnerships with organisations and local governments like the City of Rockingham create valuable pathways for people with disability to develop their capabilities.
Armed with a variety of new skills and experiences, we support our employees to build their careers and achieve employment goals.