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TAFE opens doors to construction boom

TAFE NSW Trenayr Infrastructure Skills Centre recently conducted a civil construction open day.  On Monday 19 June, as part of TAFE NSW's Open Week, doors were opened for those keen on taking advantage of the current construction boom in the area. Held in collaboration with TAFE NSW's civil construction training partner, Tweed Excavation and Mines Training (T.E.A.M), the event provided a one-stop shop for people interested in entering the civil construction industry, or upskilling. Activities on the day included live Google classroom demonstrations, presentations ... Read more

TAFE NSW Civil Construction skills help pave road to rehabilitation.

Offenders convicted of domestic violence and driving offences are gaining qualifications that will make them more productive members of the community, while also participating in programs that address their negative behaviour. Eight residents from the Balund-a Program at Tabulam graduated on May 12 with a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, helping pave the way for careers in industry. Balund-a Program manager Lisa O’Brien said the program was run on site by Team Training, which delivers nationally-accredited industry-specific training. “Team Training has been ... Read more

TAFE graduates are out-performing university peers.

WHEN it comes to higher education in the Clarence Valley, vocational education and training (VET) providers, like TAFE and CHS Training, have earned bragging rights over universities, with new research indicating VET graduates enjoy a higher employment rate and median starting wage. In a report released by McCrindle Research and Skilling Australia Foundation, up to 67% of university graduates find work, compared to 78% of VET graduates or 92% of VET graduates who studied as part of an apprenticeship. The report also indicated ... Read more

Stefanie and ECO TEAM on pathway to environment and safety success.

From working on orangutan sanctuary wetland design work in Borneo to waste water feasibility design for schools in PNG, Stefanie Stanley (33) knows a thing or two about the relationship between civil construction, the environment and safety. As the Business Manager for Lismore based environmental consultancy ECO TEAM, Stefanie has used her formal university qualifications and TAFE NSW training to work as a large scale project manager and oversee the strategic direction of the business as a Board Advisor. “My work is incredibly ... Read more

TAFE NSW provides pathway to local civil construction jobs

TAFE NSW is trialling a new pre-employment program to create job-ready graduates for the local civil construction industry, following unprecedented demand for skilled employees across Clarence Valley. Member for Clarence Christopher Gulaptis said the program started last month at the TAFE NSW Trenayr civil training facility, and has 19 students enrolled in the first intake with two students already employed. “It’s exciting that we have had industry demand for this program, which has been driven by the NSW Government’s record levels of investment ... Read more

JOB READY: Course inspires youth to build their own future.

  With the welfare of Clarence Valley youth foremost in the community's mind, a new educational course has been quietly ticking away in the background turning young people's lives around. Established in May last year the TAFE's Work Matters Program provides high-risk and disengaged youth the opportunity to reconnect in an educational environment and learn new skills. Courses covering civil construction and access to work and training certificates open up new avenues for students upon completion, including further training opportunities, employment and traineeships. Since the ... Read more

Civil family affair – construction jobs for father and son

Gloucester’s father and son, Victor and Dale Tonks are among the first students to graduate from the new TAFE NSW Civil Construction training facility in Nabiac. The 30 students completed their last day of the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations course on Wednesday, February 1. Both Victor and Dale secured a job three weeks before the course finished, through LabourCo, on the Bucketts Way upgrade four kilometres east of Gloucester. Six other students have also found work, with more currently being interviewed. The students on ... Read more

Construction students are graduation ready

Thirty civil construction students were the first students to graduate this week from the new TAFE NSW Civil Construction training facility in Nabiac NSW. Students completed their TAFE NSW Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations and eight of the graduates have already secured work, five in local civil construction projects, with more interviews currently underway. Nick Price, TAFE NSW Nabiac site supervisor and Head Trainer for TAFE NSW training partner TEAM Training, states the local training facilities offer excellent experience for people ... Read more

Deputy Premier announces $50k in grants for Kempsey

Small businesses in Kempsey are set to receive a $50,000 boost towards their efforts to embrace the digital economy. Deputy Premier and Minister for regional development John Barliaro announce the money in Smith Street this morning. Kempsey is one of 20 towns across NSW to receive the investment, as part of the Future Towns program, and the Deputy Premier says it was selected to help promote jobs growth in the wake of the Pacific Highway bypass. "The funding announced today will attract new businesses ... Read more

TAFE NSW delivering new jobs on the Pacific Highway

DEPUTY Premier and Minister for Regional Development and Skills, John Barilaro, officially marked the start of the TAFE NSW Open Week by meeting students starting their careers in the construction industry on the Mid North Coast Pacific Highway upgrades. Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government is continuing its record spend on infrastructure in regional areas and partnering with TAFE NSW to deliver the skills needed to create new jobs in the future. “During the peak construction period, the Pacific Highway upgrade will create 4000 ... Read more
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