Fibre Optics Design And Construct Leads The Way With Skills Development


Sharon Bird today congratulated local firm, Fibre Optics Design and Construct (FODC), on their 10 year anniversary which was celebrated at an event at the company’s Bulli offices last night.


“Fibre Optics Design and Construction has led the way when it comes to investing in the skills of their workforce,” Sharon Bird said.


“FODC’s office manager has completed her Certificate IV in Small Business and is working towards her diploma, two other staff are upgrading their Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and General Manager Michael McKeogh is in the process of adding to his qualifications with an Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering.


The company has supported nine staff through formal traineeships in Telecommunications. These workers have included school leavers, a school-based trainee, and three mature-age workers. One of these is a plumber, and another is a former spray painter – both have now re-skilled as fibre technicians. 


This has highlighted the benefits of vocational training to older workers, who have the opportunity to take on new skill sets and combine them with their existing work and life experiences to become highly marketable and valuable employees.


Recognising that fibre technicians are part of a skill shortage in the Illawarra, FODC also worked with TAFE to deliver the “Light at the end of the Tunnel” program in 2013. Through the program, a group of long-term unemployed people acquired basic fibre skills, opening up the opportunity to apply for traineeships with FODC. The company has taken on one trainee as a direct result of this project, and another participant is working as a trades assistant.


“FODC is a great example of a local employer, training local people for local jobs.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the company on their 10 year anniversary.  It has been a huge journey for Mike and the team to take a ‘dining table’ company through to where they are today and I commend them on their commitment to the community here in the Illawarra.