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Kippax Trade Start supports job ready construction graduates

Published: 23 Oct 2020

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In partnership with Uniting Care Kippax, Programmed Facility Management and Housing ACT, 12 CIT students recently graduated from the Kippax Trade Start program. The innovative training and transitional employment initiative seeks to increase the employment opportunities of participants from a vulnerable background.

The Kippax Trade Start's goal is to enable the participants' engagement in apprenticeships, traineeships, and gainful employment whilst facilitating key connections within the trade industries in which they would like to develop a career.

The students completed a number of Units of Competency from the Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211) acquiring the skills required for a range of support roles such as construction or trades assistant, or labourer.

The projects the students completed as part of the Kippax Trade Start initiative were destined to local organisations. Three dog kennels were donated to the RSPCA, whilst Kippax Uniting Church had new permanent seating built.

Upon completion of the training, the successful students were offered employment with Uniting Care Kippax's social enterprise, The Mower Shed. In a supportive environment with guidance and mentoring, this job readiness opportunity would allow them to further their trade skills.

The Kippax Trade Start program, an innovative collaboration underpinned by job ready skills development is supported by Skills Canberra.