TAFE NSW is encouraging people across the Newcastle area to consider a career in Manufacturing, Engineering or fabrication in the lead-up to Manufacturing day.
The manufacturing industry is a vital part of the Australian economy. NSW is home to a range of highly innovative, competitive and world-leading manufacturers.
According to recent reports, NSW manufacturers produce almost one-third of Australia’s total manufacturing output, generating around $33 billion in industry value. They also directly employ around 253,000 people – almost one-third of all jobs in the sector nationwide.i
Ellie Smith is a local Sheet Metal Fabricator apprentice who studied Certificate IV Engineering at TAFE NSW and is now employed at Cobb and Co plumbing in the Newcastle area.
“Studying to be a Sheet Metal Fabricator at TAFE NSW gave me hands-on practical skills I needed, such as pressure welding.
“It’s a great feeling to apply those skills and be creative, especially regarding breakdowns and figuring out how to get machines running again as quickly as possible.
“I have been able to use the skills learnt from TAFE to repair parts for my dad’s bobcat, my local club’s bike trailer and other repairs for friends and family. It is very satisfying to lend a helping hand using the specialised skill,” Ellie said.
Head Teacher for Metal Fabrication and Welding at TAFE Newcastle, Chad Hamilton, said, “Ellie’s dedication to her apprenticeship meant that she gained key skills to excel in her field after graduating”.
“Ellie brings a strong work ethic, as well as her attributes of drive, determination and positivity, which are vital in her trade.
“She has learned exceptional technical skills at TAFE Newcastle such as pressure welding, geometric development techniques and advanced fabrication skills.”
“Ellie is a perfect example of students coming to TAFE NSW to realise their dream, gain the skills they need and hit the ground running,” Chad said.
For more information, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Callum Darby-Linfitt, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, 02 7921 1823 email@example.com