Build Up Tassie: Partnerships paving the way

March 2020

Build Up Tassie: Partnerships paving the way for a positive future

A capacity-building and vocational discovery program based in Hobart's northern suburbs is supporting young people with employment and training.

An initiative of Centacare Evolve Housing, Build Up Tassie aims to engage young people who face barriers to training or employment in a program of personal and professional development. The leverage for the program is the more than 400 social and affordable houses being built through Centacare Evolve Housing.

Through 83 current partnerships with business, the Southern Central Trade Training Centre, Skills Tas and community service organisations, Build Up Tassie provides pathways to training and employment opportunities for young people aged 15-24, with a particular focus on the Building and Construction industry.

In the pilot year of 2018, Build Up Tassie was able to assist 30 young people into work or further training, including six apprenticeships.

Build Up Tassie continued its work in 2019, working with young people at the Southern Central Trade Training Centre in Bridgewater and at St Francis’ Flexible Learning Centre in Chigwell.

In partnership with yourtown’s local social enterprise program, Build Up Tassie assisted young people into employment and trainee opportunities in garden maintenance at Centacare Evolve Housing properties.

ORIENTATION PROGRAM

The Orientation Program is the heart of Build Up Tassie’s connection with young people.

The Orientation Program involves weekly sessions where young people meet with Build Up Tassie coach Adrian to discuss employment, their interests and future possibilities. The Orientation Program is flexible and run either in groups or one-to-one setting.

Other topics discussed include financial literacy, physical and emotional wellbeing, employability skills and workplace safety. The program is tailored to meet the particular interests and the needs of participants. Topics woven into conversation centre around the young person.

“It’s building their confidence to understand the capacity that they have, and then [asking]: how do we tap into that to build an individual pathway?” said Adrian.

The first cohort to undertake Build Up Tassie’s Orientation Program in 2019 was made up of 16 young people – eight of whom took part in the group setting while the others had one-to-one sessions.

Build Up Tassie has also partnered with the Southern Central Trade Training Centre to provide the classroom space for the program.

The need for flexibility is real, as are the challenges facing many of the participants.

Adrian recalls one young woman who texted him from outside the building to say she wanted to come to the group session, but was too nervous.

After working with Adrian one-to-one, she has now been accepted into studying a Certificate III in early childhood education.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Build Up Tassie’s Community Projects is in the early stages of being realised, but is already having an impact on the young people involved – as well as providing a much needed service to the community. “The idea initially for the Community Projects was that the ideas for them would be conceived from the young people, so that they had real input from the start”,Adrian said.

Participants in Build Up Tassie’s first cohort were asked what they saw as a need, and the answer came back: better bus stops in the local area.

“So that’s led to us negotiating with Metro to build two brand new modern bus shelters with solar sensor security lights, which is a first for Tasmania.”

While the bus stop project is still being negotiated, two Build Up Tassie participants have completed work on building a stable for a nativity set which was used at large-scale Christmas events run through the Archdiocese of Hobart.

One of the young men said that it was ‘quite great’ to be making something that will be seen and used by so many people.

“If we do well enough, and people actually really like it, then I’m happy,” the second participant said.

PARTNERING WITH THE FLEXI

A recent partnership with St Francis Flexible Learning Centre in Chigwell is helping to engage more young people with what Build Up Tassie has to offer.

This Catholic secondary school has a focus on providing alternative education to disengaged or trauma-affected young people who are unable to participate in mainstream schooling.

Adrian has been working with Year Ten students in one-to-one sessions throughout the second half of 2019.

“It takes a while for that trust to be built up. And that’s the advantage of having Adrian come in week, after week, after week,” said Head of Campus Ciaran McDonald.

For Ciaran the benefit of the Build Up Tassie program is that it is about ‘planting aspirations’.

“Lots of our students come from very low socioeconomic groups, with community generational unemployment.

“Through engaging with Adrian … it just opens up other pathways.”



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Build Up Tassie: Partnerships paving the way

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Build Up Tassie: Partnerships paving the way for a positive future

A capacity-building and vocational discovery program based in Hobart's northern suburbs is supporting young people with employment and training.

An initiative of Centacare Evolve Housing, Build Up Tassie aims to engage young people who face barriers to training or employment in a program of personal and professional development. The leverage for the program is the more than 400 social and affordable houses being built through Centacare Evolve Housing.

Through 83 current partnerships with business, the Southern Central Trade Training Centre, Skills Tas and community service organisations, Build Up Tassie provides pathways to training and employment opportunities for young people aged 15-24, with a particular focus on the Building and Construction industry.

In the pilot year of 2018, Build Up Tassie was able to assist 30 young people into work or further training, including six apprenticeships.

Build Up Tassie continued its work in 2019, working with young people at the Southern Central Trade Training Centre in Bridgewater and at St Francis’ Flexible Learning Centre in Chigwell.

In partnership with yourtown’s local social enterprise program, Build Up Tassie assisted young people into employment and trainee opportunities in garden maintenance at Centacare Evolve Housing properties.

ORIENTATION PROGRAM

The Orientation Program is the heart of Build Up Tassie’s connection with young people.

The Orientation Program involves weekly sessions where young people meet with Build Up Tassie coach Adrian to discuss employment, their interests and future possibilities. The Orientation Program is flexible and run either in groups or one-to-one setting.

Other topics discussed include financial literacy, physical and emotional wellbeing, employability skills and workplace safety. The program is tailored to meet the particular interests and the needs of participants. Topics woven into conversation centre around the young person.

“It’s building their confidence to understand the capacity that they have, and then [asking]: how do we tap into that to build an individual pathway?” said Adrian.

The first cohort to undertake Build Up Tassie’s Orientation Program in 2019 was made up of 16 young people – eight of whom took part in the group setting while the others had one-to-one sessions.

Build Up Tassie has also partnered with the Southern Central Trade Training Centre to provide the classroom space for the program.

The need for flexibility is real, as are the challenges facing many of the participants.

Adrian recalls one young woman who texted him from outside the building to say she wanted to come to the group session, but was too nervous.

After working with Adrian one-to-one, she has now been accepted into studying a Certificate III in early childhood education.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Build Up Tassie’s Community Projects is in the early stages of being realised, but is already having an impact on the young people involved – as well as providing a much needed service to the community. “The idea initially for the Community Projects was that the ideas for them would be conceived from the young people, so that they had real input from the start”,Adrian said.

Participants in Build Up Tassie’s first cohort were asked what they saw as a need, and the answer came back: better bus stops in the local area.

“So that’s led to us negotiating with Metro to build two brand new modern bus shelters with solar sensor security lights, which is a first for Tasmania.”

While the bus stop project is still being negotiated, two Build Up Tassie participants have completed work on building a stable for a nativity set which was used at large-scale Christmas events run through the Archdiocese of Hobart.

One of the young men said that it was ‘quite great’ to be making something that will be seen and used by so many people.

“If we do well enough, and people actually really like it, then I’m happy,” the second participant said.

PARTNERING WITH THE FLEXI

A recent partnership with St Francis Flexible Learning Centre in Chigwell is helping to engage more young people with what Build Up Tassie has to offer.

This Catholic secondary school has a focus on providing alternative education to disengaged or trauma-affected young people who are unable to participate in mainstream schooling.

Adrian has been working with Year Ten students in one-to-one sessions throughout the second half of 2019.

“It takes a while for that trust to be built up. And that’s the advantage of having Adrian come in week, after week, after week,” said Head of Campus Ciaran McDonald.

For Ciaran the benefit of the Build Up Tassie program is that it is about ‘planting aspirations’.

“Lots of our students come from very low socioeconomic groups, with community generational unemployment.

“Through engaging with Adrian … it just opens up other pathways.”