Aspiring tradies who previously couldn't access a job-ready program in South Nowra will now be able to attend as new funding will cover their transport costs.
The Productivity Bootcamp is an eight-week program that teaches construction and life skills to people aged 16 to 25, and now those from surrounding suburbs can access the program via a free Community Transport bus.
The NSW Government announced up to $20,000 in funding on Wednesday to cover the transport costs for students to the South Nowra-based worksite courtesy of an investment by Training Services NSW.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said the funding would help students get to and from the South Nowra worksite.
"I must commend Productivity Bootcamp, Community Transport, Training NSW and the Local Jobs Program on working together to find a solution for these young students," Mrs Hancock said.
"Following the opening of the first regional site here at South Nowra earlier this year, Productivity Bootcamp became aware some students had no way to get to the worksite to access this important learning opportunity.
"The community bus means all enrolled students will now have equal access to complete the course, which is a big boost for South Coast's construction industry."
Productivity Bootcamp program coach Tegan Carpenter said the bus will be a "massive help" as there has been high interest in the course from surrounding suburbs.
"The bus will be a massive help for getting people to the program, especially those wanting to get their foot in the door in the construction industry but aren't able to make the travel every single day," she said.
"We have good connections with Ulladulla High School and we've had quite a few people from there who haven't been able to get to the course.
"There are some from Sanctuary Point, Huskisson and Vincentia as well who don't have a licence yet and will now be able to make it."
Productivity Bootcamp is a construction industry training organisation, founded in 2015, for young Australians with its programs funded by NSW Department of Education, and the South Nowra site provided by Shoalhaven City Council.
Productivity Bootcamp Director Rebecca Embleton said the eight-week course required a full-time commitment from students, with operating times growing over the course to reflect the standard construction hours of 7am to 5pm.
"There is no cost to students to attend the course, except for the need to supply their own steel cap boots, construction pants and a hi-vis shirt as we provide all other Personal Protective Equipment and tools," said Ms Embleton.
"We've had our first three cohorts at South Nowra graduate already with the fourth group of students due to complete their training on November 7."
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