Women at work on construction sites

Samantha Conley and Rhianana Rawiri are among about 100 young people who have been trained for employment by Marist Youth Care Skills Development Centre in Blacktown this year.

Samantha Conley and Rhianana Rawiri(pictured) are among about 100 young people who have been trained for employment by Marist Youth Care Skills Development Centre in Blacktown this year.

They took part in the Women in Construction program held at First Avenue recently.

The two were among eight women aged 15-25 who have just completed an innovative four-week program funded by Women NSW.

They undertook practical project-based training across a variety of construction specialties including bricklaying, plastering, painting and carpentry.

Each graduate successfully completed four modules from the nationally recognised Certificate II Construction and are now taking part in job interviews across the industry.

The centre’s first painting and decorating program began on November 4.

A spokesman said since its opening in August, 2012, Marist Youth Care’s Skills Development Centre has provided pre-employment training opportunities to 138 young people.v

From this, 82 participants have either gained employment or begun further training.

Cate Sydes, chief executive officer, Marist Youth Care said it had changed the lives of more than 100 young people during 2013 and would offer many more training and employment places for unemployed youth in 2014.

‘‘We’ll place more than 100 at-risk young people into jobs each year and provide post-training support to each young person for up to six months to ensure employment is sustained,’’ she said.

For more information contact Adam Makepeace, manager, employment and training, Marist Youth Care at adamm2@maristyc.com.au

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