Building futures for young Tasmanians

The Build Up Tassie construction work readiness program recently celebrated the transition of six program participants into apprenticeships with St Joseph Affordable homes.

THE Build Up Tassie construction work readiness program recently celebrated the transition of six program participants into apprenticeships with St Joseph Affordable homes. 

The new apprentices – a plumber, painter, bricklayer and three carpenters are a welcome addition to an industry struggling with skill shortages and increasing demand for services, in particular the need for greater supply of social and affordable housing.

The apprenticeships were awarded after a 17-week commitment from participants, building confidence and industry awareness to the point where they become ready to choose the trade in which they’d like to work. 

The six new apprentices from left, Cianna Fitzpatrick, Lukas, Dylan (front), Kwot, Rhys and Connor with CatholicCare executive manager Social Impact Belinda Clarke, St Joseph Affordable Homes CEO Ben Wilson and Build Up Tassie Coach, Adrian Broomhall.

Based at the Southern Central Trade Training Centre, the Build Up Tassie program provides a chance for young people (16 – 24 years) to try different trade activities and gain an understanding of how the construction industry operates. 

“We encourage participants to step outside of their comfort zone, we want them to jump in and try so they maximise the learning without fear of failure,” said Build Up Tassie coach, Adrian Broomhall.

New carpentry apprentice Cianna Fitzpatrick is proud to working on projects that will assist the supply of social and affordable housing “Contributing to that just makes me feel really happy and excited that putting a roof over someone’s head will make them feel really good,” she said.

The next Build Up Tassie program begins in the middle of this month with a new group of participants keen to build new skills and experience everything the construction industry has to offer as they prepare for setting up their own career pathway.

If you would like more information on Build Up Tassie, contact builduptassie@aohtas.org.au  

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