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A group of construction workers wearing high-vis yellow shirts huddled over and digging holes on pavement.

Last Thursday 12 talented Works Program participants graduated from the Bowden Bike Rack program and obtain their Certificate II in Engineering following completion of a 10-week program with Adelaide Training & Employment Centre (ATEC).

The highly enterprising and enthusiastic group took great pride in designing, constructing and installing a number of bike racks for the Bowden Community, specifically for the Park Terrace Community Garden, Plant 4 and the Bowden Town Park. The group also made a bike rack for the Woodville West Project and bike racks for a local church at Croydon, which will be installed by a construction group that are working on a Works Program Live Training Site beautification project at the St Barnabus Anglican Church at Croydon.

The Works’ training and employment programs not only contribute to Renewal SA’s project outcomes but provide South Australians with hands on experience that builds not only employment skills but also the confidence of participants. Other positive results from the Bowden Bike Rack program are already being realised, with one young graduate about to commence an apprenticeship and other participants gaining employment.

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