SYC recently joined forces with Youth Education Centre, Housing SA and Renewal SA to renovate a rundown Kilburn home and upskill young students in the process.

The joint project saw Housing SA provide the property plus all renovation material, with over 50 alternative learning students from SYC undertaking the manual labour units with credits going towards their Stage I and II Certificates in Construction.

The official handover of the renovated property took place on December 13, 2017 where the keys were handed back to Housing SA Project Manager, John Stokes, who was impressed with the visual appearance of the house and the quality of workmanship.

“The project was a great opportunity for students to develop their skills while meeting the workmanship and standards within The Building Code of Australia and the Housing SA’s Accommodation Standards.

“I was very impressed with the quality of the work performed at the property and it looked fantastic at handover,’ John said.

The 50 plus students worked under the supervision of SYC Construction Manager Brett Littledike who said he enjoyed seeing the skills, confidence and pride the students gained from the experience.

“We see a cross-section of students coming into the house and not only does the renovation provide them with hands-on industry experience including painting, construction, cabinet making and horticulture, but they become much more confident in themselves over the 12 month period.

“They learn communication skills, acceptable workplace behaviour and taking pride in their work.

“Many finish the project having a much clearer idea of future career paths and some students have transferred straight into an apprenticeship, which is a great outcome,” he said.

In 2018 Housing SA have offered two suitable properties for renovation and new students are set to begin work on them in early March.