TAFE NSW is “keeping it real” for pre-apprentice carpenters thanks to a continuing partnership with Wollongong City Council to build holiday cabins.
Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery will attend the official signing of a three-year memorandum of understanding between TAFE NSW and Wollongong City Council on Monday 9 October at 12.45pm.
Each year TAFE NSW Wollongong pre-apprentice carpenters build three or four holiday cabins from the ground up as part of the Certificate II in Construction – a course that allows students to gain valuable hands-on practical skills and get the edge in the trade industry.
Typically, 80 per cent of these students gain a full apprenticeship following this course.
TAFE NSW General Manager, Kerry Penton, recognises the value of students being able to gain real industry skills and construct small homes in state-of-the-art facilities under the guidance of expert teaching staff.
“The students produce a really high standard product, and the cabins are the end result of a great learning journey over 12 months to becoming job ready,” Ms Penton said.
“The Certificate II in Construction is geared for learners who haven’t secured an apprenticeship. They get basic carpentry skills and our employment success rate at the end of the course is high every year.
“Our ongoing relationship with Wollongong City Council allows us to incorporate the build of the cabins into our pre-apprentice course. This year they will be going to the Bulli Caravan Park to replace cabins that have had their frames eaten by termites, so the steel frames used this year are perfect for requirements.”
TAFE NSW runs the Certificate II in Construction at the Wollongong campus. For more information, or to check out courses, please visit www.tafensw.edu.au/courses.