An exciting new partnership between FK Gardner and Sons Group, Spinifex Australia Holdings and TAFE Western is presenting a small group of Orange and surrounding district Aboriginal students with real-life skills that will result in successful employment outcomes.
The eight students are currently completing training in a custom-designed Certificate II Resource and Infrastructure Work Preparation course at TAFE Western’s Orange College, with FK Gardner and Sons Group and Spinifex Australia Holdings committed to employing the students as civil workers once their training is completed later this month.
TAFE Western Civil Construction Teacher Scott Mitchell was thrilled with the success of the partnership and full of praise for FK Gardner and Sons Group and Spinifex Australia Holdings for giving the students opportunities they would not have had otherwise.
He was also extremely confident that both organisations were obtaining some enthusiastic and committed workers.
“I have been very impressed with this group of students. They have been punctual, keen to perform and their participation and enthusiasm has been of the highest order,” he said.
“They have worked hard, demonstrated a strong commitment to their work projects and assignments and their skills have developed rapidly throughout their training.”
FK Gardner and Sons Group Project Manager Anthony Jones added, “FK Gardner and Sons Group are committed to real outcomes for local students, who will develop practical experience and skills on a local project which will provide long-term employment opportunities,” he said.
Orange student Chris Pawlow admitted the participants were thrilled with the outcome.
“We’re learning new skills all the time and this course has been a great stepping stone to employment in civil construction which is very exciting,” he said.
As part of the training, students will complete three core units and six elective units as part of the Certificate II Resource and Infrastructure Work Preparation course.
Some of these units include identifying and assessing environmental and heritage concerns, conducting local risk controls, work safety and WHS procedures, use of hand and power tools, workplace communications and how to work safely at heights.
The students will also complete an additional unit focused on roller operation, which will provide essential skills they need to work on a number of road projects in the Orange district.