Jaycob is working as an apprentice bricklayer on the new prison at Chisholm Road, as one of the many trainees, cadets and apprentices completing a total of 300,000 labour hours on the project.
His road here wasn’t straightforward. 2 years ago, Jaycob faced significant challenges – he’d become disengaged from school and didn’t see a clear pathway into work.
But through the Regional Industry Sector Employment (RISE) program through the City of Greater Geelong, he gained trade skills and support to complete his Certificate 2 in Construction Pathways.
Supported by RISE, Jaycob gained an apprenticeship with local Geelong masonry company Caruso Bricklaying to work on Chisholm Road. Now, Jaycob has gained confidence, become a valuable team member, and is about to complete the first year of his apprenticeship.
As well as having the opportunity to work, learn and earn money, Jaycob says the Chisholm Road prison project has given him a more positive outlook.
“My future feels bright with the people I’ve been working with, and being able to work on this big project,” he says.
Jaycob is one of more than 800 workers now on site at Chisholm Road – one of the region’s largest construction projects – building a modern and secure corrections system that keeps Victorians safe.
The new maximum security prison is located in the Barwon South West Region near Geelong, in the vicinity of the existing prison precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.