South Regional TAFE launches introduction to construction course

South Regional TAFE in Bunbury has become home to an Australian first introduction to construction course. 

The pilot construction training program encourages high school-age students in years 10, 11 and 12, to gain hands-on practical skills while giving them a valuable insight into the construction trades. 

Funded by the federal government, the new pre-apprenticeship program delivers an introduction to building and construction that will help students determine if they want to pursue an apprenticeship in a building trade. 

Master Builders Australia president Dan Perkins said the program is about giving young people the skills that they need and that employers in the construction industries want.

“This program provides students with real life insights into working in the industry and the skills that are required to succeed,” Mr Perkins said. 

On Friday, the students in the pilot program were given a chance to take the skills they have learned in the classroom and apply it in a practical way – constructing a mini amphitheatre at the Bunbury campus. 

South Regional TAFE managing director Duncan Anderson said the course was an exciting first for the region. 

“Our top trade lecturers in carpentry, bricklaying, painting and decorating will train the students to very high standards,” Mr Anderson said. 

“They will ensure the students receive varied but relevant experience which most importantly will give them a great opportunity to trial the type of work they will do in the industry.” 

As part of the pilot program, the students have been issued with protective clothing and will also learn about workplace safety and gain a White Card, which is mandatory for those working on a construction site.