Wugularr School will receive a customised refurbished caravan thanks to the efforts of 20 Work for the Dole participants from Job Prospects Dandenong.

The official handover took place on Friday 17 February and attendees included MP for Dunkley Chris Crewther, Department of Employment State Manager David Henderson and Lord Mayor of Dandenong Cr Jim Memetimayor of Dandenong, Jim Memeti.

The 26 week project saw the complete refurbishment of the caravan from rebuilding the frame and body to redesigning and fitting out the interior to meet specifications required by the school.

The program was facilitated by Envision Employment to up skill job seekers and enhance their employability skills. Outcomes for participants include skills in panel beating, plumbing, electrical and joinery and life skills including communication, problem solving, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

One of the program participant’s, Glenn, said he loved working on the project and learnt a lot from all the different people involved.

“When we presented the caravan it was emotional as I had grown close to the whole team and the kids that flew down were so happy with the end result.

“I learnt lots of new skills and I was actually teaching other people how to do things,I would love to have the opportunity to do it again,” he said. Job Prospects Regional Manager Joseph Abdo, is thrilled about the success of the project and is keen to have more job seekers undertake initiatives like this one.

“Program participants are now using the skills they learnt and implementing them into their personal lives and employment.

“It’s a great outcome for Work for the Dole, Envision Employment, Wugularr School and Job Prospects,” he said.

The caravan will provide accommodation for teachers, health workers and elders visiting the remote school and will be delivered by Linfox in early March.