By BELINDA CLARKE*
MORE than 150 people from the construction industry, community groups and services gathered at Wilson Homes last month to hear about a range of different opportunities for young people in the building industry in Hobart’s northern suburbs as part of the Build Up Tassie project.
Speakers from Federal and State Government departments, yourtown, which is a not-for-profit service that targets youth unemployment, Wilson Homes and the Catholic Community Social Impact Program addressed the crowd, and echoed the strong feeling in the room that there are many people and businesses that want to build strong futures for our young people and make a positive difference in practical and real ways.
Build Up Tassie aims to provide young people in Hobart’s northern suburbs with the opportunity to be an active part of new housing construction in our local area through Centacare Evolve Housing (CEH).
In the next five years CEH will build 500 new homes. Build Up Tassie wants our local young people to become involved in these projects in practical ways like painting properties, laying foundations, or landscaping. The possibilities are endless.
Build Up Tassie is an initiative of Centacare Evolve Housing (CEH) through its Social Impact Program. It is an exciting project that fosters collaboration with local businesses and groups so they can work together with one purpose in mind: to build better futures for young people in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
Build Up Tassie believes that having a job – an aspiration – makes a huge difference in peoples’ lives. This project hopes to address the significant issue of youth disengagement and unemployment in our local area.
We believe Tasmania is a fantastic state with so many wonderful assets and we want to overturn the statistics that tell us we lead the nation in youth unemployment which currently stands at 17.4 percent and higher in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
Build Up Tassie is a way to collaborate and grow opportunities for young people. As businesses, parents or concerned community members we have obligations to the emerging generation to build their capacity to secure work so they can enjoy a full life for themselves.
Build Up Tassie will be piloted in Hobart’s Northern Suburbs on the new builds and housing maintenance through CEH and CatholicCare. It has already gained significant support from Wilson Homes and Wayston Building Services.
If you are interested in being part of Build Up Tassie please contact me at the Social Impact Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Belinda Clarke is Social Impact Program director of CatholicCare Tasmania