Training program to build employment opportunities

A NEW industry-driven program will give young Tasmanians the foundation skills they need to become job-ready.

The “Work Ready for the Building and Construction Industry Program” is being rolled out by Work & Training in partnership with Tasmanian Independent Builders Association (TIBA), Master Plumbers Association Tasmania and On Road Off Road Training Organisation.

Damien Smith, Work & Training operations manager – employment services, said the program would create a pathway for 15 young Tasmanian jobseekers to gain a qualification in the building and construction industry by providing six weeks of intense technical and employability skills training, and workplace experience.

“At the completion of the program, participants will have completed several training units including three that are nationally recognised,” he said.

“It is also expected that participants will have decided to embark on a career in the building and construction industry, and that host employers will have recognised the value of the people they have had working with them and may offer them employment opportunities as apprentices, therefore stimulating the economy.”

Participants and supervisors who provide work experience will receive industry mentoring from Garry Krause from TIBA for the duration of the program.

Work & Training has 28 years’ experience in supporting jobseekers to transition into and maintain employment.

In the past five years, the company has employed more than 150 apprentices and trainees through approximately 81 host businesses in the Tasmanian community.

Work & Training was named the 2016 Large Training Provider of the Year at the Tasmanian Training Awards.

For more information about the Work Ready for the Building and Construction Industry Program, contact Dallas Harding on telephone 0417 335 830 or drop into the Moonah office at 1 Bowen Road.

Caption: Work & Training operations manager of employment services, Damien Smith, left, and business consultant Dallas Harding will be rolling out the program over the coming months.

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