Wangarang Industries and TAFE Western have partnered to change the lives of a group of eight people with a disability.
The eight Wangarang Industries supported employees from Orange successfully completed a nationally accredited Certificate II in Cleaning Operations.
Mr Kevin McGuire, Wangarang Industries General Manager said, “A graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 10 February from 10am.
“We are very proud of the graduates who are now out in the community undertaking cleaning duties.”
Wangarang Industries provide a range of job opportunities for approximately 125 people with a variety of disabilities. The not-for-profit organisation offers a range of business services to the community including gardening and lawn maintenance, mailing, textiles as well as assembly.
Mr McGuire added, “The completion of the course will allow our supported employees to ensure their cleaning activities are conducted to the highest standard.”
The supported employees at Wangarang Industries have the opportunity to undertake vocational education and training through TAFE Western each year.
Richard Davis, a Wangarang supported employee who completed the TAFE training said, “I really enjoyed the cleaning course and our teacher Helen Strik helped me a lot.
“The best part was the practical activities and we also learnt about safety requirements.”
Wangarang Industries and TAFE Western have worked together for a number of years to provide people with disabilities ongoing learning and development opportunities.
Ms Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director said, “Our teachers have reported that the eight students have been extremely keen to participate in the course and we are pleased they have graduated.
“I am proud of our partnership with Wangarang and look forward to continuing to see its positive outcomes.
“At TAFE western we committed to working with industry to ensure vocational education and training programs are delivered to suit the needs of our customers”
The Graduation of eight Wangarang supported employees from the national accredited Certificate II in Cleaning Operations will be held at Wangarang Industries on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 from 10am.
Enrolments for all courses being offered at TAFE Western in 2015 are now open. Prospective students should visit their local college or call 1300 823 393 for further information.