On-job train­ing pool

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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.

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