Hopeful builders from Parkes and Forbes will benefit from a new partnership between TAFE NSW – Western Institute and Heraghty Homes in Parkes.
According to Mike Gibson, Director of Educational Delivery for the Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction and Transport Faculty, the partnership has made it possible for a pre-apprenticeship program to run in the area giving students an ideal platform to secure an apprenticeship.
“TAFE’s pre-apprenticeship programs combine work on a real construction project with the completion of all the first year theory components of the trade course,” he said.
“Heraghty Homes is making this program possible in the area by providing the construction program that the students will undertake,” he said.
During their course participants will be building a three-bedroom transportable home in conjunction with Heraghty Homes.
Mr Gibson said that the pre-apprenticeship programs are typically very effective in helping participants continue with work in the building industry.
“They have proven that they can stick with a job as well as learning some important skills that mean they can be productive apprentices for their employer from the outset.”
Participants in the course will undertake two days a week in the building project in Parkes and complete two days of theoretical training at the Forbes campus.
People interested in taking part should contact the Parkes or Forbes TAFE campus. Enrolments will take place at both campuses on 29 and 30 January.