25 August 2022
TAFE NSW Dubbo is answering industry calls for more foundational building skills by offering the newly developed Certificate II in Construction to local students.
The course is a mix of theory and practical studies to prepare students for a career as a builder's labourer, or to continue their studies with unit credits for a Certificate III trade qualification and apprenticeship.
Students will be taught construction procedures and develop essential skills in using tools and equipment, working safely at heights, and concreting. TAFE NSW Dubbo Construction teacher Chris Newberry said it’s not just the practical training that the local industry is after.
“As a foundational course, the Certificate II in Construction is also teaching the skills workers needs on a job site, like communication, teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving,” said Mr Newberry.
“I’m pleased TAFE NSW can offer training to students which will lead to jobs with local businesses who’ve told us they need workers with these skills.”
One such employer is HITEK Frame & Truss Dubbo, with owner Josh Barlow looking forward to how the course may benefit the construction industry in the region.
“It’s great that TAFE NSW is approaching local industry to find out what skills our workers require and potentially upskilling locals ready for employment,” said Mr Barlow.
“The skills taught in the course align with what we’re after, including learning to safely use tools such as nail guns, being good with measurements, and being able to complete calculations and read and interpret plans.”
Josh Lee, owner of JML Concreting, is also keen for the course to develop local skills and give students real industry experience.
“I’ve employed people who have completed their Certificate II in Construction at TAFE NSW Dubbo and they have turned out to be amazing workers,” said Mr Lee.
16-year-old Charlie Stanley will be joining the course when it starts in September. After spending time in the juvenile justice system, Charlie is ready to put his life on track and learn new skills to start his construction career.
“I want to prove to my younger nieces and nephews that by working hard and getting a job, they can do anything they want,” said Charlie.
“I’m doing this for me and my family and to gain respect from the community.”
For more information about a range of practical and industry-aligned construction courses at TAFE NSW, visit tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
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