• Welcome.

    The Work Shop  
    is a workforce development
    model managed by
    The Hornery Institute
    designed to deliver employment
    and training brokerage services
    for major projects. 

ws spannerAbout The Work Shop

The Work Shop is a unique collaborative job brokerage and training coordination project that seeks to connect the local community to employment and skills opportunities. 

The Work Shop was created as a pilot project to provide the construction employment and skills hub for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital (SCPUH) project. Beginning in December 2013, The Work Shop provided local jobseekers with access to work opportunities on this Queensland Government $1.8 billion project until the hospital construction reached peak workforce in August 2015.

The main objective was to ensure locals had access to on-site construction employment opportunities. This was achieved with 807 placements, 82% of whom were local residents and 19% were previously unemployed. 107 young people (15-24yo) and 180 mature aged (45+yo) were hired and 59 trainees or apprentices gained positions on-site.

As well as managing enquiries, applications and referrals directly with jobsekers who registered online, The Work Shop liaised with the community including employment, training and education service providers, industry and community organisations, and government agencies. This free service linked jobseekers to job vacancies notified by on-site contractors who then made the decision to employ referred candidates based on required skills, experience and qualifications.

The Work Shop initiative was the outcome of a comprehensive community engagement program conducted by The Hornery Institute (one of the foundation funding partners with Lendlease and Sunshine Coast Council) for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project. The Hornery Institute became responsible for implementing The Work Shop on-site service and its ongoing operation and governance.

The Hornery Institute is investigating future project opportunities for The Work Shop model. In the short term, The Work Shop will relocate to Yarrabilba, a Lendlease community in Logan, south of Brisbane, to operate in a modified format as a community facility for job matching, training coordination, essential community services and small or home-based business support.

The Hornery Institute welcomes enquiries regarding workforce development initiatives including The Work Shop and other potential projects. For further information and contact details please go to www.myworkshop.net.au/contact

ws spannerAbout the initial pilot project

The Work Shop was created as a free service linking local jobseekers with construction jobs on Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital project. Foundation funding stakeholders included: Lendlease, Sunshine Coast Council, The Hornery Institute (who also governed and operated the service), and Australian Government Department of Employment.

The $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital will open with approximately 450 beds in 2016 with the remaining capacity expected to be commissioned by 2020/21, which will see all 738 beds utilised. The hospital has been planned to allow further expansion up to a total of 900 beds.

As a "legacy" project, the public hospital will continue to be a powerful catalyst for ongoing economic growth across the region, stimulating commercial, residential and human capital development over an extended time period.

This is the first time a Queensland public hospital has been built through a Public/ Private Partnership (PPP).

Lendlease, as a member of the Exemplar Health Consortium, began the design and construction in October 2012 and are working with Queensland Health to deliver the project to completion by the end of 2016

For more information on the public hospital project or to receive construction updates, visit www.lendlease.com.au/scuh or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ws spannerOur partners

The Work Shop collaborates closely with key corporate, government and not-for-profit bodies in the support and delivery of our employment services.

ws spannerOur team

Finding the right person for the right role is our focus. To do this, The Work Shop itself is powered by experienced, committed human resource professionals

Andrew Grimshaw, National Workforce Development Manager - The Hornery Institute

Andrew takes the principal role in The Hornery Institute's workforce development and planning project determination and delivery.
Professional experience:
• Strategic business planning
• Negotiation and resolution
• Vocational Educational and Training program design
• Stakeholder engagement and management
• Economic development
• Concept and brief development
• Social enterprise creation
• Organisational development
• Corporate strategy and policy development
• Evaluation
Prior to joining The Hornery Institute in 2005, Andrew worked in the vocational education and training sector for 17 years. He was responsible for strategic business development and project delivery of learning and skills programs across a broad spectrum of industrial sectors and delivery contexts. Andrew was formerly Commercial Operations Manager for a large Further Education College in the UK with responsibility for the development and delivery of The Learning Shop, Bluewater - a unique education, training and job brokerage initiative in the heart of Europe's largest retail development.
Andrew has served as a Management Committee Member for Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay Region since 2012.

Colleen Lucas, Operations Manager

After 15 years in news media management, Colleen has broad experience of operations, human resources and stakeholder engagement. Other ventures include small business ownership/management including retail stores and a recruitment company which sourced international candidates for skilled labour shortages in the energy and resource sectors. Colleen also gained valuable insights into the attainment and transitions of students through schooling into structured workplace learning, training and tertiary education towards employment, initially as a volunteer mentor and then a partnership broker over 6 years. Her role involved facilitating partnerships and developing initiatives by aligning business, industry, government, community and educational organisations.


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