On-job training pool
RESIDENTS of the Amata and Mimili townships in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands have built 33 new homes for their communities in their ongoing training program to become construction workers.
Twenty construction workers were involved in the program, which aimed to increase the number of skilled construction staff who live in the remote northern region of the state.
The eight-month Ananguku Construction Project, funded by the state and federal governments, was run through the Career Employment Group, which employed the workers to build the homes for Housing SA.
Chief executive Andrew Anninos says it is exciting the residents were able to gain work and on-the-job experience as well as provide new homes for the people in their community.
‘‘It has also enabled each construction worker to complete the program with a nationally- recognised certificate in civil construction,’’ he says.
‘‘This will have powerful and long-lasting benefits for the Amata and Mimili communities.’’
CEG is a not-for-profit organisation which provides group training, labour hire and recruitment services for government and major companies which operate in regional South Australia. Its links with some of the state’s biggest resources employers means the workers now have contacts and some of the abilities sought after for the impending mining boom in the region.
‘‘The program requires each par- ticipant to obtain a high level of competency in skills including welding, concreting, carpentry and plastering,’’ Mr Anninos says.
He says some workers will join the workforce immediately.
Others will continue their training towards the next level of qualifications in civil construction.