Build Up Tassie turns local lives around

By BELINDA CLARKE*

YOUNG lives are being turned around in our local community though an exciting employment program. Called Build Up Tassie, it’s an employment partnership initiative which is up and running in the Brighton area. Build Up Tassie works with local businesses, particularly in the building and construction industry to create sustainable long-term jobs for local young people

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Valerie Farnell and Cameron Lowe at a Build Up Tassie session at the Southern Central Trade Training Centre, Bridgewater.

One of those is Cameron, a young local Indigenous man who now has work as a concrete labourer. It’s given him a more positive outlook on life and he is excited about his future.

“Build Up Tassie has been a really positive experience,” said Cameron, “and the word is spreading.” Cameron believes that it is the one on one support from Valerie, our Build Up Tassie Project Officer that has made the difference.

Build Up Tassie was launched in October last year and has attracted nearly 50 young people aged between 15 and 24 who want to take part in it. There are already 12 who have obtained employment with the program.

Over a dozen businesses in Hobart’s northern suburbs have already expressed an interest in being part of the Build Up Tassie program by putting on a crew member. There are places available for young local men and women to join the program and be supported with skills development, work experience and traineeships.

Build Up Tassie is part of the Social Impact Program (SIP) which is supported by Centacare Evolve Housing (CEH). It aligns with CEH’s Master Plan to further develop relationships and build stronger, more vibrant and healthier communities in Brighton.

If you are currently unemployed or you have left school and you’re interested in gaining employment, call Valerie Farnell on 0408 173 927 or email her  valerie.farnell@aohtas.org.au

Visit our blog to get connected and listen to Cameron’s Story. builduptassie.blogspot.com.au

*Belinda Clarke is  the Social Impact Program Director for CatholicCare Tasmania

 

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