A group of TAFE NSW students have made a generous donation of finely crafted furniture to the Wilcannia Men’s Shed that will have a positive impact on people who use the organisation’s refuge centre for many years to come.
Nine Aboriginal students completed an Introduction to Building Skills for Employment course where they hand crafted pieces that were donated to the community organisation.
Under the tutelage of TAFE NSW Construction Teacher Colin Walsh, the students were provided with important skills that can help them get a job, or to go onto further training.
“The students absolutely loved the course, especially the hands-on learning. They not only had a great time and worked really well together, they took great satisfaction from donating the finished products to the Men’s Shed,” Mr Walsh said.
“They built tables, chairs, cupboards and bench seats out of recycled materials. Overall the finished products were of a high standard and will go to great use at the Men’s Shed - a place where men can go to get away from it all.”
As part of the Building Skills for Employment Course, the students learnt about OH&S, operating electrical tools, and completed several carpentry assessments.
“It was the first course of its kind in Wilcannia in 2017, but judging by the feedback from participants, the Men’s Shed and the community, TAFE NSW will be back next year,” Mr Walsh said.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter said this course was a fine example of providing first-class training and education opportunities for people right across the state.
“TAFE NSW is committed to ensuring that students in remote locations such as Wilcannia have the same opportunities as those in the metropolitan locations,” Ms Baxter said.
“In this instance, a TAFE NSW mobile training unit travelled from Dubbo to Wilcannia deliver the practical training component to the students for the duration of the course. Our mobile training units are fully-equipped with the latest equipment, resources and tools and form an important part of our commitment to our students and local communities to ensure they are job-ready where, how and when they want.”
For more information about the range of learning opportunities available at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au