Heritage project to roll out more skills training

THE Centre for Heritage at Oatlands is delighted with the results of its 5x5x5 project in Brighton municipality and is looking forward to rolling out two more modules in the municipality in the first part of this year.

The 5x5x5 project, (five regions and five skills streams) is a three-year funded program aimed at ensuring young people are learning important skills in heritage restoration and repair. It is being conducted with five Tasmanian councils that have important community heritage assets located in areas of higher than average youth unemployment.

From left, Jack Wakefield, Shannon Miller and Thom Taylor (education support officer for the 5x5x5 project).

The first project was in the Brighton municipality with the repair and refurbishment of the Brighton Army Hospital.

The Hospital was built in 1943 and is the only remaining building on the site of what was the former major army training facility in Tasmania.

Project Manager Brad Williams said he was delighted with the way the inaugural project modules were rolled out in the municipality.

“We had 12 participants go through those two modules, some of whom had 100 per cent attendance which showed their genuine interest in the project,” Brad said.

“We were of a fairly open mind when we started as to what we could achieve, but what has been done at Brighton has met, if not exceeded, our expectations.

“We have rolled out around 2000 hours of work on the former Brighton Army Camp Hospital and aside from teaching the participants a range of heritage and trade skills, we have prepared two large rooms in that building for an adaptive reuse in a very cost effective way for Council.

Brad said it had been a pleasure to work with the participants, with a couple of notable stand out trainees:

Jerrod Roach, 20, of Bridgewater.  Jerrod completed two project modules at Brighton, a total of 42 days, with 100 per cent attendance.

“He has continued to do volunteer work in other areas with the Centre for Heritage and has recently been accepted into a Certificate II in Construction at the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre in preparation for a carpentry/building apprenticeship.

“Jerrod also presented on the project to a Work for the Dole forum at Wrest Point  in May last year.

Shannon Miller, 19, of Brighton.  Shannon completed two project modules at Brighton, a total of 42 days, with 100 per cent attendance.

“Shannon took a lead in supervision and teaching the other participants and showed a natural skill with many of the trades undertaken at Brighton.  Shannon’s dedication to work was well demonstrated to his supervisors, and caught the eye of Brighton Council staff, and through Skilled Employment he has gained a casual position on Brighton Council’s Works crew.

Brad said the Centre for Heritage was looking forward to rolling out two more project modules at Brighton in 2016.

“As well as further work on the hospital site, we also look forward to working with Brighton Council on the further fit out and adaptive reuse of the buildings as community heritage assets.

“The Centre thanks Brighton Council for its participation in the program and also acknowledges the invaluable support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, which has made our three-year pilot project possible.

“The 2016 year looks like being a big year for the Centre, with the Integrated Heritage Skills Hub Project having just been announced, which will establish a major training hub facility at Oatlands from which the Centre will operate.”

Further information phone Brad Williams on mobile 0418 303 184  or look  on the Centre’s website www.centreforheritage.com.au