Tuesday 31 January 2017
By Emma Sckrabei

A new innovative accredited training program is coming to Yass that will develop skills, provide work experience and deliver potential employment in the construction sector for participants.

Theory, practical hands-on learning and industry work experience will combine to provide successful participants with a Certificate II Construction Pathways as well as an exciting range of potential job opportunities.

Specifically targeting the Yass Valley region community, the program will prepare those taking part for a rewarding career in the construction sector for local people.

Live training sites are a key component of the program, meaning hands-on training will have a meaningful impact on Yass community spaces. Yass Community Garden will be revitalised, while local organisation Zac’s Place community centre will receive an upgrade courtesy of program participants.

Yass Community Garden committee member Lynette Rampling noted that the program is brilliant in two ways.

“Not only is this program going to be life-changing for participants and of course we are keen to support them, it will be great for the community garden to have some work done that we haven’t been able to do,” Lynette said.

Zac’s Place is an organisation in Yass that helps those in need and those who find themselves on the fringes of society.

Manager Ros Stewart echoed that this is an important program for the community.

“We have always been positive about the youth in our town, and this is a great opportunity to support them in gaining the skills they need to make futures for themselves,” Ros said.

The program will commence on Tuesday 14 March 2017, and will run 3 days per week for 12 weeks (Tuesday – Thursday, 24 hours per week.)

To find out more about the program, attendance at the information session on Tuesday 28 February 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Zac’s Place, 19 Pritchett Street, Yass NSW 2582 is essential.

The information session will be in two parts, including a presentation regarding the selection criteria, the program content and the commitment that is required, followed by a selection session for eligible candidates.

In addition, the team is interested in hearing from local organisations and employers who would be keen to host participants as part of the unpaid work experience component of the program.

To register a place at the information session or if you are a local employer interested in providing unpaid work experience and job opportunities, contact Ashleigh at Ginninderry on 6255 1158 or ashleigh@ginninderry.com.