Brook is the perfect example of how the Smart and Skilled Training Program can not only provide qualifications and education to the student, but also support the student to go on and become a fully qualified Builder.
Brook was a Carpenter in Avoca Beach who was unable to expand and employ due to licensing restrictions and support. Today he employs no less than 10 individual trades on the job site and also has an Apprentice Carpenter learning the trade.
Due to the program, Brook now employs and contributes to the economic growth of his community and can provide greater stability to his family and the workers he employs.
Paul joined the Certificate IV in Building and Construction in 2018, and was an extremely experienced and skilled tradesmen. He had been a local carpenter for over 39 years, and had the ability to build any structure. However, Paul had always struggled with formal education, technology and organisation of paperwork.
Paul was our most senior learner, most experienced and respected learner. He was looked up to by the younger learners and certainly taught the class a few things along the way!
The future for Paul is one now of compliance and understanding. After previous unsuccessful attempts with other training providers, we were able to see Paul graduate by ensuring the class sizes remained small, a higher trainer to student ratio and one-on-one support when required.
Paul has taken on an apprentice and as we speak, and is working in his local suburb on a 1940s’ shack.
Below are a few interviews with some of our recent Certificate II in Construction students after completing their work experience on the Central Coast, NSW.