A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and TAFE Western road safety pilot program workshop offered to TAFE apprentices in Dubbo has been such a success it’s now being rolled out in Orange.
TAFE Western Student Engagement Officer, Customer Innovation Fiona Westcott, said the one hour workshop, which has the potential to save lives, had been delivered to more than 180 light and heavy vehicle TAFE apprentices in Dubbo.
“The workshops have been very positive experiences with both students and teachers participating in open forum discussions,” she said.
“Positive feedback has been received by all. Students not only learn strategies from the RMS team but are also learning from each other's experiences.
“As a result of the positive nature of these workshops in Dubbo, program organisers were asked by Orange College Head Teachers Tony Wilson and Graeme Fahy for the workshops to be delivered to apprentices enrolled in Construction, Plastering, Painting, Decorating and Plumbing courses.”
Mrs Westcott said approximately 200 apprentices in these Orange courses would benefit from the workshop, which will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout June and July.
RMS Regional Manager Western Phil Standen said the aim of the workshop was to give students an overview of some of the main issues affecting safety on the roads in western NSW.
“The five key issues that will be covered as part of the workshop include speed, driver fatigue, animals on rural roads, driver distraction – particularly the use of mobile phones - and alcohol and drugs,” he said.
“At TAFE Western we pride ourselves on offering students a safe working environment and anything that we can do to help ensure our students get to and from their training safely is very worthwhile,” Mrs Westcott added.
“We all need to be delivering the same message to our apprentices regarding road safety and this message needs to be consistent between the employer, training provider and RMS.”
For more information about road safety, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au