Industry Partnership Prepares Inmates for Life After Prison

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Thiess, a member of CIMIC Group, is working with Corrective Services Industries (CSI) to prepare inmates at St Heliers Correctional Centre for life beyond their sentence.

Thiess engaged CSI at the local correctional centre to deliver bespoke, refurbished buildings at Thiess’ Hunter Valley operations through its St Heliers Gundi Program. 

The Gundi program was designed to build trade skills and employment prospects for Aboriginal inmates that contribute to a reduction in adult reoffending in the local community.

Over 45 inmates from the Gundi program participated in the project, helping them to develop relevant work skills and trade qualifications and capability to become financially independent upon release.  

“From the outset the tangible benefits for inmates and for us was clear. The inmates developed employability skills and qualifications while delivering high-quality customised products,” said Thiess Operations Manager NSW Heather Parry.

During the installation phase of the project, Thiess engaged local Indigenous businesses Blackrock Industries and Bodycote Constructions. 

“This project is an example of our commitment to community participation and an inclusive culture,” Social Performance Manager Anthea Craig said.

“It’s developed the employability, skills and qualifications of inmates and delivered quality customised products for Thiess.”

“These are tangible outcomes that demonstrate our commitment to create meaningful relationships that deliver long-term sustainable benefits in the communities we live and work in.”

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NEW UNVEILING: The Crib Huts were manufactured over a three-month period at St Heliers Correctional Centre utilising Indigenous inmates through the Gundi program, which incorporates vocational training programs for inmates, with the final installation undertaken by Blackrock Industries.

Thiess was recently named a finalist at the 2019 Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its commitment to building skills and opportunities for St Heliers inmates in the Hunter Valley.

Thiess has been actively working with the Hunter region community for more than 25 years spanning from social investment, school-based traineeships, apprenticeships, local recruitment and procurement and participation in community-led initiatives and events.

The mining industry can play a large role in achieving sustainable economic and social progress. Thiess are doing so by giving people a second chance at life and pushing for a bright future of opportunity and growth.

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