Image: Supplied by Workforce Australia Local Jobs Darwin and Alice Springs

We congratulate the achievements of four Bamara participants from Alice Springs who completed a 10-week pre-employment program focused on developing skills for aspiring tradies to hit the ground running for roles in Civil Construction. 

The Civil Construction Employment Initiative project is a collaboration between Charles Darwin University TAFE, Workforce Australia Local Jobs Darwin and Alice Springs, Saltbush Social Enterprises, and Workforce Australia Employment Services providers, including Bamara, to address current staff shortages and skills development in the Civil Construction sector.  

The project ran from April-June 2023, and provided participants interested in kickstarting careers in Construction, Civil Construction and Mining with valuable industry-recognised skills and experience, including skid steer operations, carrying out measurements, plant machinery operation, traffic control, and civil plan operation. 

Upon completion, participants also obtained a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations from CDU TAFE, which trains participants to work and operate machinery/plant safely in the workplace. 

As a Workforce Australia provider of Employability Skills Training,we also assisted participants in preparing resumes, refining job interview techniques and understanding the expectations of employers in the Civil Construction industry through this program. 

Bamara Alice Springs Site Leader, Karina Akarana said that the collaboration and local services on offer for participants has had a positive and lasting impact. 

“Participants loved the course. They made new friendships and enjoyed everything from the skills training, practical components and transport to support their learning journey. They appreciated Bamara’s support and recommendation to also participate in this program.”

Karina Akarana, Bamara Alice Springs Site Leader
Bamara Alice Springs Site Leader, Karina Akarana (left)

We thank the fantastic team at Saltbush Social Enterprises, who also provided much-needed transportation support for our participants during the program. 

The program, funded by CDU TAFE and the Department of Employment and Workforce Relations Local Recovery Fund, aligns with Bamara’s mission to foster and promote business and economic development for people and communities by delivering supportive, professional, and culturally competent services.