A construction course being delivered in Nyngan to teach basic carpentry skills to Aboriginal students is nearing completion.
The course, which has run over two terms this year, has focussed on the renovation of a previously dilapidated house in Nyngan. The project has been undertaken by TAFE NSW-Western Institute in partnership with the Nyngan Local Aboriginal Lands Council.
Wendy Lake from the Aboriginal Education & Training Unit of TAFE said, "This basic carpentry course included OH&S white card; building a carpentry project; handling carpentry materials; handling Asbestos; communication and the use of carpentry tools and equipment.
"After completing this Statement of Attainment students will be able to articulate into Certificate I General Construction.
"This project is important for Nyngan because it has given students a taste of the construction industry where there are recognised skills shortages. It has also assisted to build capacity for the township. One of the students is keen to continue with more training in the Building and Construction area." Wendy concluded.
An uninhabitable house belonging to the Lands Council has been used for the project. It needed substantial renovation and after being valued at $25,000 before the course commenced and now valued at $200,000.
The Aboriginal Lands Council supplied funding for the building materials and TAFE NSW provided the training and teaching resources making a combined budget of $65,000 for the project.
Local sub-contractors and businesses have been engaged by the Lands Council to supply specialised services and materials. They include: Rob Lake, Plasterer, Dubbo; Lyndon Davis, Tiler, Narromine; Bob Clifford, Electrician, Nyngan; Kevin Martin, Plumber, Nyngan; Peter Murphy, Hardware Store, Nyngan; Crampton's Carpets, Dubbo. The TAFE teachers were qualified builders Anthony Henry and Peter Deveigne.
If anyone requires further information on courses TAFE NSW can provide in Nyngan you can contact Wendy Lake on 0408 628 195 or the Warren TAFE College on 68474543.