Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Kimberley students build construction careers in the region

    16/04/2008 12:00 AM

    The first school-based apprentices in the Kimberley are on their way to securing great careers in the local building industry.


    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said 10 school-based apprentices had recently started carpentry and joinery training at Kimberley TAFE in Broome.


    “It’s part of a new push to increase trades training in the State’s north,” Mr McGowan said.


    “This is about addressing skill shortages in the Kimberley by training local people for local jobs.


    “These new school-based apprenticeships are a partnership between local schools, Kimberley TAFE and Kimberley Group Training.”


    The first participants in the program are 10 Year 11 students, including six indigenous students, from Broome Senior High School.


    “These students will learn industry specific skills such as how to use carpentry tools, read and interpret plans, install flooring systems and construct wall and ceiling frames,” the Minister said.


    “They will also gain exposure to the workplace by spending two days a week with host employers where they will learn the trade first-hand.”


    Kimberley MLA Carol Martin said Kimberley TAFE had also introduced apprenticeships in carpentry and joinery at its Broome and Kununurra campuses.


    “Kimberley Group Training has worked with local industries to take on apprentices and, as a result of their commitment, 27 new apprentices are starting this year in the region,” Mrs Martin said.


    “The move to expand trades training in the Kimberley is a tangible example of the Government’s commitment to training Western Australia’s future workforce.”


    Mr McGowan said the State Government was serious about addressing the skills shortage and that was why it had committed a record additional $190million to the area since February 2005.


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