What is Build Up Tassie?

Build Up Tassie is a free pre-employment program run by Centacare Evolve Housing. Build Up Tassie provides individual coaching, tailored wellbeing support, skill development and industry exposure for young people looking to enter the construction industry. Build Up Tassie continues to support, train and coach apprentices and qualified trades once employed with other industry partners.

How did Build Up Tassie start?

In 2017, Centacare Evolve Housing – in partnership with stakeholders from across industry and community – decided to develop and fund a pilot program to help young men and women from Bridgewater, Derwent Valley, and Glenorchy to find pathways into the construction industry. Centacare Evolve Housing has a substantial construction pipeline know that the industry will need workers who are ready with the skills and attitudes needed to be successful in a career in construction.

How does Build Up Tassie work?

Are you in school and seeking a career in construction? Of have you finished school and are not sure how to piece together the next steps? Build Up Tassie is a free work readiness program for anyone aged between 16-24 looking to enter the construction industry.

Part 1 - Orientation

• A free 9-week Orientation Program (2 days per week).
• Industry awareness and exposure.
• Building confidence, skills and knowledge.
• Community Projects – strengthen and co-create community and individual wellbeing.
• One-on-one support and coaching.
• Licences and short courses.
• Individual pathways to employment and/or further training.

Part 2 - Work Placement

• A free 8-week work placement program with opportunity to try up to 4-5 different trades.
• Initially 3 days per week for 4 weeks, increasing to 4 days per week for the remaining period.
• Continued access to one-on-one coaching support.
• A potential for apprenticeships/traineeships and other employment outcomes.

Part 3 - Employment

Our key partner, St Joseph Affordable Homes has a unique Apprenticeship and Training Program which offers potential employment outcomes to those who have completed the Build Up Tassie work placement program. Those who are not quite ready for employment work with Build Up Tassie coaches to piece together the next steps, often entering further training or employment.

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