YOUNG women in the South East are being encouraged to take on a role in civil construction with a pre-employment program on offer.
Civil Contractors Federation are partnering with TasTAFE, the Department of Communities and SERDA to design and deliver industry-endorsed, relevant, tailored and accredited training that will ensure best practice in the design and delivery of a $200,000 pilot program focused on the South East region of Tasmania.
Training will start in May this year, and participants will graduate in August, undertaking work placements with employers.
Federation CEO Rachael Matheson said the industry was desperately seeking workers.
“You’ll get all your personal protective equipment, Medium Rigid drivers’ licence, Construction White Card, traffic management qualifications, first aid, and several other formal qualifications,’’ Ms Matheson said.
“You’ll also be given support to be placed with employers, build your resume, develop interview skills and to find a job.
“This is a free program, two days per week, held over 12 weeks (excluding school holidays) with real employment outcomes likely.’’
The South East Region of Tasmania has $468 million in civil infrastructure works slated for the next few years.
In addition to this road infrastructure, there are an estimated additional 4500 homes under construction within two years in the South East region alone.
“In order to deliver these packages of works, and the broader infrastructure pipeline, the civil construction industry must attract an estimated 7500 employees to our industry,’’ Ms Matheson said.
“We will run a targeted recruitment exercise to recruit 10 women into a pilot program – Skills Set Taster – in Civil Construction.
“This will be achieved in partnership with SERDA and South East Trade Training Centre, with training being delivered by TasTAFE.
“Our future workforce will come from school leavers, who are largely unaware of our industry, which is the foundation of all building and infrastructure works.
“By exposing young females to the benefits of our industry, and inspiring them to be a part of this, we will be encouraging the uptake of STEM subjects in Year 11 and 12 and providing alternative career options in non-traditional fields.’’
Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 10am-11am and 5pm-6pm at the Sorell Memorial Hall (Supper Room), 47 Cole St, Sorell.