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Build Up Tassie construction group participants not only learn skills but make community connections. (Hobart Archdiocese)

Ten young Tasmanians have taken their first steps towards a career in the building and construction industry, thanks to a free pre-employment program run by Centacare Evolve Housing. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

The group graduated from the Build Up Tassie construction pre-employment program last month, which manager Rebecca Woolley said was a proud moment for the participants.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for friends, family, representatives from the archdiocese, and our wider network to come together and celebrate the achievements of the participants in our program,” Ms Woolley said.

“Moments like this support our participants, [enabling them] to have a sense of connection with all those who support the program while also feeling proud of what they have achieved in completing the Build Up Tassie program.

“Throughout each program, Build Up Tassie crews complete a community project. This is important for not only practical skill development but also allows connections with community and opportunities for giving back.”

In the latest program, participants built wallaby huts that were subsequently donated to a wildlife rescuer who dedicates her time to raising orphaned wildlife.

The Build Up Tassie program provides individual coaching, tailored wellbeing support, skills development and industry exposure for young people aged 16-24 who want to enter the construction industry.

About 80 percent of the program participants will move on to work placement with industry partners such as St Joseph Affordable Homes. This free eight-week work placement program enables participants to try four or five different trades and make informed decisions about their future careers.

Those who do not go on to work placement are supported in their next steps which may include further training or employment.


Construction crew hop into action with wallaby hut project (By Wendy Shaw, Hobart Archdiocese)