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27 May 2016

North Metro TAFE Try-A-Trade


Try-A-Trade at North Metro TAFE

The Try-A-Trade initiative was developed by the Construction Training Fund and has increased in numbers since starting. Last year almost 2000 students took part across the state.

The Training Fund contracts RTO's to deliver Try-A-Trades to give young people a hands on experience on the WA construction industry without cost to the student or the school.

The above photo was a recent Try-A-Trade held at North Metro TAFE. This was day one of three and a chance to try the art of bricklaying!


20 May 2016

Wall and Ceiling Lining Competition

The apprentices in action

Our Training Support Officer, Braden, attended the Association of Wall & Ceiling Industries state apprentice competition held at South Metropolitan TAFE on 18th May.

Apprentices who took part in the challenge had to prepare and construct a technical plastering task.

The winner (announced in August) will go on to represent Western Australia in the national challenge held in Darwin later in the year.

Congratulations to everyone who took part! If you would like to find out more about a career as a Wall and Ceiling Liner, check out the 'Great Careers' tab on our website.

19 May 2016

Certificate II in Construction Business Students

Sean Maggs - Year 12 Student at Broad Construction

Dylan Reilly - Year 11 Student at Da Vanti Homes

St Norbert College, Queens Park has two students currently completing the Certificate II in Construction Business which is a pathway leading to construction business operations such as estimating, scheduling, residential design and site management.

The students, Sean Maggs (Year 12) and Dylan Reilly (Year 11) complete the certificate by attending one day per week at North Metro TAFE and a work placement component is incorporated to ensure industry exposure and work readiness.

The Construction Training Fund provides funding to North Metro TAFE, enabling the students to complete the course. We also provide $150 for PPE for each student to ensure they are equipped with the appropriate safety gear to work on site. There is also a $250 scholarship for students when they complete the qualification as part of WACE.

Sean is completing his work placement with Broad Construction Services and has had the opportunity to work on the Kings Square Precinct and Old Treasury Building Projects. He has been able to assist in a range of activities including the implementation of Health and Safety initiatives, monitoring and recording of works and quality inspections.

Sean said "I liked learning the different construction terms used and I have done some actual measuring and worked on drawings related to quantity surveying - I really liked being placed in a wide range of areas that broadened my knowledge of project management"

Dylan is completing his work placement with Da Vanti Homes. He has enjoyed exposure to how a residential construction business is operated. Dylan has worked with the architect, scheduler and also attended site visits. "Dylan has been really helpful and he can now understand the variety of construction techniques and project needs" Frank Franco, Project Manager at Da Vanti said.

Thank you to everyone involved for sharing their experience of this fantastic Certificate available to school students.



18 May 2016

2016 Careers Expo

Our Stand at the 2016 Careers Expo

We attended the 2016 Careers Expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The expo is open to the public and ran from 12-15th May. The event provides an excellent opportunity for students, parents and teachers to connect one on one with business' offering careers in a vast array of industries.

Our Training Support Officers were on hand to answer any questions about entry pathways and career options available in the Western Australian construction industry. A total of 10,651 people attended the expo over the 4 days.

We're looking forward to next year already!

18 May 2016

Cert II Civil Construction Video


We have a new video! Check out Danika's story about her Certificate II in Civil Construction.

Cert II Civil Construction