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Media Release - TVET students nail apprenticeships

TAFE New England carpentry teachers are excited to announce that seven students from Tamworth high schools have gained apprenticeships upon completing the Certificate II in Construction as part of their HSC.

The students enrolled at TAFE New England as TAFE Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students to get a head start on their careers while they were still at high school. Employers recognise the quality training delivered at TAFE New England and have selected students from this program accordingly.

Building and construction Head Teacher, Grant Bowden said “This is great news for the building and construction industry in Tamworth.”

These employers are gaining apprentices who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge that is of great benefit to the job site and their colleagues”, Mr Bowden added.

In August this year, NSW Skills Minister, John Barilaro, declared that there was a looming shortage of plumbers, electricians and builders.

“We’re paying the price of two or three decades of telling kids that trade jobs won’t get you a great lifestyle or income. But for most tradies, they end up as entrepreneurs, running their own business”, Mr Barilaro said.

The apprentices will continue their studies at TAFE New England and complete the Certificate III in Carpentry to become qualified carpenters.