Central West Group Apprentices (CWGA) in partnership with Western Institute of TAFE commenced free "Kick Start to Your Trade Career" courses in Bathurst, Dubbo, Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange, Parkes and Forbes today.
"The students, some who have just finished high school, will gain valuable experience through the program and the work experience opportunities." Ben Bardon, CEO CWGA said.
"The 4 week course will provide participants an opportunity to complete accredited units in the Automotive, Electrical, Engineering and Construction trade areas. The students will also complete their OHS Construction Induction Certificate and work on their job seeking skills - updating resumes and interview techniques.
Following the training, the students can try their skills during a week long work experience with local businesses and tradespeople. CWGA staff will be working with local industry partners to provide work experience opportunities for the students in the program.
"There have been a lot of enquiries from the young people across the Central West who are interested in getting into apprenticeships and traineeships. Industries in our area have always been supportive of giving young people a go - this is a good opportunity to see how they perform on the job and be part of the team." Ben Bardon said.
The partnership between CWGA, TAFE, industry, and local schools is seen as a great transition program for young people wishing to enter into a trade career. The program is expected to increase the chances of the participants in gaining an apprenticeship next year.
CWGA was successful in obtaining funds for the trades preparation courses from the Australian Apprenticeship Access Program (Access) funded by the Department of Education, Science and Technology.