Through a partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, we were recently joined by Bailey Ross for two weeks of work placement at our Dubbo depot. This work experience period has developed into a fantastic career opportunity for this young man, and Bailey has formally joined our organisation this week as an Apprentice Signal Electrician.
Bailey is a Clontarf Foundation Alumni who was a successful Year 12 Dubbo graduate in 2021. With UGL being a major sponsor of the Clontarf Foundation, we are proud to continue this relationship at UGL Regional Linx (UGLRL).
This connection commenced when Infrastructure Maintenance Manager Mitch Scealy, Area Manager Aaron Brough and Aboriginal & Social Engagement Manager Joe Craigie had an initial meeting with the Dubbo Clontarf Regional Employment Officers earlier this year. This meeting raised awareness of the foundation’s supportive ‘in school’ programs and initiatives within the region, with goals of improving school attendance, completion rates and engagement.
"We were very appreciative of the local Clontarf staff who nominated and introduced Bailey to us, who we found to be a very suitable candidate to commence an apprenticeship as a Signal Electrician at our Dubbo depot," said Joe.
UGLRL will look to continue to expand on these experiences and hopefully Bailey is the first of many young Clontarf Foundation graduates to engage with UGLRL.
Mitch added "I’m proud to be representing UGLRL with a focus on engagement of our Aboriginal employment partners at Clontarf. These employment opportunities give our youth the chance to succeed which is something that is personal to me. In addition, our partnership promotes long term benefits within our business and the wider community. Thanks to Uncle Joe for all his efforts; we are now walking the talk in the first few months of our service commencement when it comes to Aboriginal employment in areas such as Dubbo."
We look forward to supporting our local community with further employment opportunities in the future.