Local partnership supports Illawarra’s unemployed youth

Fifteen motivated Illawarra job seekers have been given the opportunity to gain valuable entry level trade skills and experience thanks to an innovative, community partnership between HVTC, TAFE NSW and BlueScope.

Government funding obtained by HVTC Illawarra was used to design a multi-trade, pre-apprenticeship course, in conjunction with TAFE NSW Illawarra, which gives participants a taste of three different trade vocations - engineering mechanical, engineering fabrication, and electrical.

Participants started at TAFE on Monday 21 August and will spend three weeks training there before moving on to three weeks of work placement with local employer BlueScope.

The TAFE study includes a variety of accredited and non-accredited training designed to provide some of the hands-on skills required to obtain an apprenticeship and enter the workforce.

Once on-site at BlueScope, students will rotate through three different trade departments to develop key skills and assist them in identifying the trade most suited to them.

The pre-apprenticeship program was designed to prepare students for the working environment and pave the way for the learning they would receive as part of a future apprenticeship.

The work experience with BlueScope will ensure participants are work-ready and highly employable with completed competencies against future apprenticeship training modules.

HVTC Illawarra Manager Debbie Boyd said staff will be mentoring students throughout the program and promote them to potential apprentice employers once they have completed the pre-apprenticeship.

“The partnership with TAFE NSW and BlueScope will assist these young people to find employment in the trade area of their choice. The skills they will develop and the hands-on work experience provided by BlueScope will have a huge impact on them when making their career choices,” said Debbie.

The program was supported and subsidised by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, and NSW Government Smart and Skilled.

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