The Green Hills Connectivity Centre, a collaborative employment initiative from Stockland and Multiplex, has wrapped up after successfully placing more than 180 people in local construction and retail jobs during the two-year $414 million redevelopment of the Stockland Green Hills centre.
The centre was established to link local job seekers with construction and retail employment opportunities arising from the shopping centre redevelopment, as well as opportunities from other employers in the Hunter region.
It brought together employment services groups, employers, job seekers and community groups together in response to the high youth unemployment rates in the Maitland area to create pathways and training to help people be job ready for years to come.
Stockland Group Executive and CEO of Commercial Property John Schroder said the centre was not just about finding and filling jobs for now, but providing the skills for later.
“We wanted to ensure we were helping people in this region be job ready for years to come and are very proud to see over 180 people placed in jobs through this positive employment initiative,” Mr Schroder said.
Managing Director of Multiplex NSW David Ghannoum said he was thrilled with what had been achieved at the Connectivity Centre as a collective group.
“The aim of the Connectivity Centre was to have a genuine and long-term impact in the community – both in terms of jobs and community connections more broadly,” Mr Ghannoum said.
“We are hugely thankful to the community for their support, in particular to the organisations involved including yourtown, Maitland City Council, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Social Services and the Department of Jobs & Small Business for their tremendous support.”