A group of pre-apprentice carpentry students from Forbes and Parkes are ready to kick off their new careers having completed their course with TAFE NSW - Western Institute. The seven graduates have successfully completed their theory at Forbes Campus and their practical work at Heraghty Homes in Parkes.
According to Adrian Mitchell, Director, TAFE NSW - Western Institute, the pre-apprenticeship program is an effective way for students to prepare for an apprentice position.
"Pre-apprenticeships programs are one just of the ways TAFE is trying to increase interest and speed up the training for people to fill the current skills shortages."
On completion of the pre-apprenticeship year, students are familiar with workplace expectations.
"Students get a head start in the practical components of their apprenticeship, shortening the amount of time needed to study whilst completing their apprenticeships.
"While skill shortages have an impact on development and economic growth, they can also create great career opportunities for people to undergo training and enjoy security and prosperity in their field."
"This group of seven students are well prepared and all looking to secure trade apprenticeships next year," said Les Groves, Head Teacher, Carpentry and Joinery.
"We are also grateful to Heraghty Homes in Parkes for the opportunity these students have been given throughout the year and we're looking forward to having another group to continue project in 2008," he said.
The students come from both Forbes and Parkes districts and have benefited from the cooperation of both the Parkes and Forbes TAFE campuses as well as Heraghty Homes.