10 PORT Augusta residents collected their Certificate II in Civil Construction on Friday March 3, following the completion of their seven-week Civil Train SA Port Augusta course.
The men aged between 18 and 30 years old were previously unemployed and came into the Civil Train SA program through Workskil Australia.
Civil Train SA is a training division of the Civil Contractors Federation South Australia (CCFSA), delivered in partnership with the Department of State Development and the Jobs First Subsidised Training List (STL) Projects.
Nathan Johnson, Luke Waters, Tyler Ellis, Bradley Marriott, Leigh Stier, Jordan Stier, David Macumba, Clinton Woodforde, Thomas Martin and Angus Coull were the Certificate II recipients.
CCFSA Director of Global Learning and Future Decisions Victoria Griffith said the 10 graduates now have the skills to transition into full-time employment in civil construction.
“The feedback from the trainer is that they have all worked extremely hard and they are all extremely competent,” she said.
“He expects them all to get jobs now based on what they have demonstrated in the last seven weeks.
“Civil construction is all the infrastructure such as roads, bridges, car parks, sewer systems, pipe laying and bitumen surfacing and it’s really integral to South Australia to build these skills, which will in turn enhance the SA economy.”
Mrs Griffith said the program is designed based on industry consultation, following discussions with local employers to find what skills are most needed within the region.
“In this region we were advised that the welding unit would be very useful, so we made sure that was incorporated, as well as elevated work platform and some other units,” she said.
“We have worked with them to build their resumes, to develop their interviewing skills and we taught them about the industries so they know how to have a conversation with an employer about civil construction.
“We have given them a range of other skills outside of just the technical skills to make them more employable.”
Deputy Mayor Brett Benbow, who attended the graduation, said the program is a fantastic initiative that aims to develop Port Augusta’s youth and create employment.
“I think it’s fantastic for our city, region and community that we’re actually giving our youth a positive because they have been surrounded by a few negatives lately, so to do this for seven weeks at their age and hold true, I think it’s great,” he said.
Graduate Tyler Ellis said he is over the moon after receiving his Certificate II in Civil Construction.
“It was really useful. A lot of things we got taught are going to be useful once we go into work in the civil construction industry,” he said.
“I hope to gain full-time employment in civil construction. It’s a really good course and I would recommend it to other people.”