Work Experience & (non-accredited) Training Program
Construction of The Castle(s) is undertaken by a small group of participants in workshop space managed and supervised by Youth Futures (on and off the Youth Futures site). Participants gain experience in general construction and manufacturing skills in a simulated workplace environment..
It is an ideal environment for youth and others experiencing disadvantage to gain experience and non-accredited training in basic construction and manufacturing skills using a range of hand, power and static tools/machines. Beyond construction and manufacturing techniques and machinery use, many transferable manual skills are developed in participants. These include painting, sanding and basic principles of plumbing and wiring (12 volt). Understanding of, and adherence to workplace OH&S principles and procedures are a core component of the program.
As well as facilitating increased scope for employment, participants also learn skills that allow them to be more self sufficient and productive in their personal lives; developing competence; thereby boosting confidence and self-esteem. The Castle Program aims to support participants to be empowered to maximise their capacity to be productive members of their community.
Whilst the Castle Program does not include accredited training, it contains training around most fundamental construction skills and many fundamental manufacturing skills. All participants are awarded a Statement of Participation for skills and knowledge in which they are deemed competent.
Micro-Housing Enshrined in the United Nations Covenants is the right for everyone to have access to `adequate housing'. Having a place to call one's home - or indeed one's castle - is a critical link to resources such as education, employment and healthcare. If you do not have an address or a roof over your head you can also lose other human needs such as security, pride and self-confidence.
The Castle is a project being undertaken by Youth Futures in partnership with University of Tasmania (UTas) - School of Architecture. The Castle intends to provide a realistic and affordable alternative to mainstream housing. At the same time we want to challenge the trend of homes becoming larger and larger. Is it possible that size is one of the reasons that housing in Australia is more unaffordable than ever before?
The Castle provides micro-housing options for young people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or otherwise excluded from mainstream housing.
UTas is responsible for the design aspect of the Castle. Castle 2 (C2 - the second prototype) was designed and built in 14 days by 24 students. The current prototype C5 is the fifth prototype for a small stand-alone dwelling; the building system will be capable of being replicated in a factory environment.
The Castle must be mobile, allowing swift deployment into backyards + driveways; for short, medium or longer-term placement. It must be able to sidestep onerous planning requirements, and be able to be offered as a 'flat-pack' to minimise the cost of freight to further afield areas.
The Castle is envisaged as being available as an autonomous dwelling; with photovoltaic solar energy, composting toilet and LPG cooking & hot water. It must use minimum material, allowing reduced weight and cost, with furniture and fittings used as structural stiffening. It must consist of mass producible elements capable of being reconfigured.
Every version of the Castle is to be unique; to become home for one full time resident + guests. It must make a small volume of space feel bigger, be affordable and extendible.
For those interested in participating in The Castle Program, contact Youth Futures.
Job Networks interested in giving their participants the opportunity to participate in The Castle as an approved work ex[perience / 'mutual obligation' activity please see here and/or contact Youth Futures.
For those interested in UTas course details, etc: UTas School of Architecture