With the development and planning of the Atherstone Estate, came the prospect of turning this into a project that supported local economies through the increase in employment opportunities.
The idea behind The Exchange is to act as the ‘facilitator of training and skills development, connection to employment opportunities and information about businesses, social enterprises, community groups and services.’ Essentially they are connecting jobseekers to local opportunities based in the Western suburbs, but also providing them with the support and tools needed to succeed in their roles.
Since establishing The Exchange as the Western Business Accelerator and Centre of Excellence (Western BACE), Lendlease has seen visitation and engagement grow. Through the power of partnerships and digital marketing, The Exchange has established digital lead forms to support referrals for job seekers and advanced opportunities for LLEN SWL.
Not only this, but it has engaged more than 150 people over three public events and workshops, successfully placed 77 people into traineeships, had 40 people commence their training and placed 32 people into jobs with 29 of those within civil construction and building.
These results are testament to the impact projects like The Exchange can have in local areas and how they can shape the future of the civil construction and building industries.
It is through our partnership with The Exchange that we aim to reduce unemployment by increasing the number of opportunities available through apprenticeships and traineeships.
We are excited to see how this project will grow and how we can continue to provide opportunities across Victoria.