“Building Links is the best course I have ever done, and I had the best people teaching me.”
24 Nov 2021
From a young age, Angas experienced a number of challenges in his home life which resulted in him disengaging from school. With limited literacy and numeracy skills as he got older, he experienced multiple barriers to gaining employment or even upskilling to help improve his prospects.
He was referred to SYC to be part of the Building Links program. This program provides students hands-on experience by renovating and remodelling a Housing SA property, while completing accredited training.
Angas was unsure about the course as he hadn’t considered a career in construction and he was also nervous about completing the theory aspect of the training. Very quickly Angas settled in and began to excel.
Christopher Walsh, Learning Support Case Manager said Building Links has been created for young people who are struggling and disengaged from education to provide them with pathways into apprenticeships and employment.
“Like many of the young people who begin the program, Angas was nervous and struggled greatly with the theory component. I would spend one on one time with him stepping through the written work, and with hard work he improved greatly and passed his theory assessments.
“Angas always arrived on time, was never absent and very encouraging and supportive of his peers. As his teacher it has been very inspiring watching him grow personally, also craft new skills and experience that will help transform his future,” Christopher said.
Angas completed both his Certificate I and II in Building and Construction and was offered a permanent full-time position at a construction steel company, which he loves.
“Building Links is the best course I have ever done, and I had the best people teaching me,” Angas said.