The Work Shop re-opens – new location, new Manager

Colleen Lucas
The Work Shop’s new Operations Manager – Colleen Lucas

The Work Shop, the employment and training centre for construction work on the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital has re-opened in a new location off Kawana Way near the multi-storey carpark ‘P2’.
New Operations Manager, Colleen Lucas who commenced with The Work Shop in late 2014 has hit the ground running.
Colleen has spent 15 years in news media management, including deputy general manager of Sunshine Coast Daily.
The Hornery Institute, national skilling and employment manager, Andrew Grimshaw said that Colleen’s skills and experience of operations, human resources and stakeholder engagement is a perfect match for The Work Shop’s leadership needs.
“We needed someone who had strong connections on the Sunshine Coast and who could see the future potential of The Work Shop model. To take The Work Shop from the current construction employment and training model on the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital and lead the team to future opportunity,” he said.
Colleen has also worked as a partnership broker and volunteer mentor, focusing on the knowledge attainment and transition of students through schooling into structured workplace learning, further training or tertiary education towards employment.
“Over the past six years my role has focused around facilitating partnerships and developing initiatives by aligning business, industry, government, community and educational organisations. I am excited about The Work Shop and where I can add value with local government and industry partnerships,” she said.
As the construction site heads into peak activity in the first quarter of the year, coupled with 100% procurement, The Work Shop becomes an extremely important contact point for the local jobseeker community.
More than that, it becomes a point of contact for those looking to upskill, to ensure that after the construction of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital has been completed, that the skillset of workers can be utilised across the Coast to improve the region’s economic diversification and create an attractive environment for future investment and talent.
The Sunshine Coast Council has re-invested in The Work Shop in 2015 and therefore remains as a funding partner, along with Lend Lease and The Hornery Institute, who are responsible for the overall governance and day-to-day running of the centre.
The figures continue to rise with local jobseekers benefiting from the service. In total nearly four out of five jobseekers placed on site through The Work Shop are living locally on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said upskilling the workforce was critical to growing the economy and enabling our younger employees, in particular, to stay here on the Coast.
“One of the biggest successes in this program is that more than 19% of those placed by The Work Shop team were on Centrelink benefits prior to getting a job with Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital contractors.”
“Gaining employment for these workers is much more than just getting people into a job. Our society as a whole benefits as well when the long-term unemployed get work, learn skills and earn a pay packet.”
“There’s the added advantage that as more game-changing projects, such as the Maroochydore City Centre, come on line, we’ll have a readymade workforce, transferring their skills from one project to the next,” Mayor Jamieson said.
Since March 2014, more than 4,500 jobseekers have registered through Nearly a quarter of these jobseekers have qualifications relevant to construction positions on-site, with 1,300 shortlisted through to 32 contactors.
The Work Shop is located at the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital site, off Kawana Way Birtinya (near Gate 4). Jobseekers can contact The Work Shop via or email