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Building bright futures

Apprentices gathered on a construction site

A group of four apprentice carpenters are building a bright future for themselves, and others in need, through the Housing C​onstruction Jobs Program.

Charlie, Braiden, Sandro and Joey are working for BLD Building Legal & Development Pty Ltd to construct nine, one-bedroom units for social housing tenants in Tewantin.

They all chose a carpentry apprenticeship as it provides good job opportunities and this project has provided them with valuable learning experiences. 

Joey, a fourth-year apprentice, had the opportunity to share his skills with the other apprentices.

“This time I wasn’t following the tradesmen, I was directing most of the carpentry work and this will help me be a better carpenter when I’m a qualified tradesperson. Every day is something different and you are learning all the time,” he said. 

Charlie, also a fourth-year apprentice, had the opportunity to work with different designs and materials.

“The roofs are at different pitches so learning how to work with different roof angles has been good. Having that experience and knowledge to take to the next project will be pretty helpful.”

The Housing Construction Jobs Program delivered by the Housing Partnerships Office partners with the private sector, and community housing providers, to deliver local jobs and more social and affordable housing across the state. This project has provided 100 jobs for tradespeople and building material suppliers.

Projects like these are particularly valuable to apprentices as they learn about best practice design and construction methods. Two units are platinum standard and fully wheel chair accessible and three of the units are designed to a gold standard of Livable Housing Design principles, providing additional support for people with a disability, including wider hallways, level thresholds and provision for grab rails.

“These buildings have excellent designs and features,” said Braiden, a third-year apprentice.

“I’ve learnt a lot from working with strict plans and specifications on this project, which will ensure a great home for future tenants,” Braiden said.

Sandro, a second-year apprentice, said learning best practice building skills was interesting and eye-opening.

“One of the things I’ve learnt is that you need to build a fence with a 10mm gap in between the palings so that koalas can get a grip when climbing the fencing,” he said.

All four apprentices are proud of the fact their work will help people in the community who need a home.

“It feels good to know that our work will make a difference to people,” Charlie said.

“Not many tradesmen get the opportunity to give back to the community, but we get the chance through working on this project.”

The construction of the units began in July 2018 and is forecast for completion in late March 2019.​​​​​​

Last updated 10 April 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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