Aboriginal students have a new opportunity to forge a career in construction by gaining hands on experience and qualifications in the industry through a Year 11 and 12 Vocational Education and Training (VET) course.
The South Australian Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) has partnered with Hansen Yuncken, one of Australia’s largest privately owned construction companies, and Aboriginal owned Registered Training Organisation Carey Training to deliver a Certificate II in Construction in a culturally appropriate and engaging environment for Aboriginal students.
It is expected that up to 12 students will undertake the Certificate when it begins in February 2020, with the potential to expand the program further in future years. Upon completion of the course, students will be well placed to pursue employment in the industry through the networks built through their training.
Hansen Yuncken will eventually create a purpose-built classroom on one of their construction sites in Adelaide, allowing students to easily move between theoretical and practical learning on a single site.
The Certificate II in Construction offering expands on a range of VET Certificate courses already offered in Sport and Recreation, Hospitality, Community Services and Fitness, as well as the SAASTA STEM academy where participating students study Stage 2 Scientific Studies.
The announcement comes as more than 100 SAASTA students celebrated their graduation from a selection of VET courses last month at a ceremony at the Regency TAFE campus.
Expanding the SAASTA course offering will ensure more Aboriginal students are engaged in learning that leads to improved educational outcomes.