Birrong and Belmore Boys High School students build careers while building homes

May 12, 2016    

Dean Brown from Dean Brown Construction has been renovating homes in Sydney’s inner city for over 25 years.

He attributes a lot of his success from having a great team around him.  Dean Brown Construction currently employs six apprentices and four tradesmen and often has multiple jobs running at any one time.

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Dean Brown (centre in cap) with his team and work placement students from Birrong and Belmore Boys High Schools

For the past four years Dean has been offering Year 11 and 12 students, who are studying Construction as part of their Higher School Certificate, the opportunity to get hands on experience on his worksites.

He sees great value in work placement and offers up to eight students every week the opportunity to labour for him.   They are work ready, have their white cards and are eager to help.

Three of his current team were offered apprenticeships after completing a successful work placement with him.

Dean says “I team the students up with our apprentices.  The apprentices get to work on their supervisory skills and they enjoy having other young people around them.  I try to make the experience a bit of fun.  The students start with a safety induction and then assist with general labouring duties.”

“I am passionate about young people and encourage them to relax and enjoy their time here.  It’s a wonderful way for them to assess whether Construction is the career for them and it’s a great way for me to assess their potential”, adds Dean.

Bernie Livermore, VET Coordinator at Birrong Boys High School, once a carpenter himself, loves teaching Construction. He says “I feel like I am paid to do my hobby.  The work placement program is invaluable in connecting our students to industry and the students get to practice what they have learnt in the classroom.”

“I’ve had students offered apprenticeships in Plumbing, Electrical and Carpentry while they were still in Year 11.  They were work ready and keen to start their careers.  It is a win/win situation.”

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L to R:  Dean Brown, Kelvin Stowers (Belmore Boys High) Jackson Zhang, LingTao Yu and Bernie Livermore (Birring Boys High School)

MWLP – Linking Youth is the new Work Placement Service Provider that co-ordinates all Work Placement in Bankstown, Canterbury and the Inner South West for local high schools and TAFEs.  They have been servicing the Macarthur area for over 20 years (and still are).  This year they will place over 6,800 students into business.

For further information, please contact the MWLP Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email

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