The Premier's Awards - 2018 Winner - Gail Silman
Congratulations to Gail Silman, Manager Industry Projects, Skills & Economic Development, Industry & Community Relations who won the individual award for Creating Jobs and the overall Individual Excellence and Achievement award at The Premier's Awards for 2018 at ceremony held on 7 November 2018
This award recognises those who who have worked on programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that have contributed to the creation of new jobs in NSW (supporting the Premier's priority to create 15,000 new jobs by 2019).
Gail was appointed by Training Services NSW (TSNSW) to establish and implement the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program (ISLP). The ISLP was introduced to support the NSW Government to deliver skills for its $80 billion infrastructure investment by establishing minimum training and employment targets on major NSW infrastructure projects.
Gail found that young people, women and Aboriginal people continually experienced high levels of unemployment and under-representation in the labour market. She recognised the need to better mobilise under-represented groups to ensure that they benefitted from the infrastructure investment.
The ISLP succeeded in securing employment for approximately 2,000 young people, 7,000 locals, 300 Aboriginal people and 400 women in non-traditional roles. The skills legacy program will have significant long-term benefits for the economy as well as the individuals that undergo the training.