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The Centre launches partnership with Wodonga TAFE

Civil Construction The Centre

The Centre for Continuing Education in consultation with Wodonga Institute of TAFE (WIOT) have developed a pre-apprenticeship program for RII20715 Certificate II in Civil Construction to be delivered in North East Victoria.

Utilising Wodonga TAFEs Barnawartha LOGIC site, students will learn hands-on construction techniques, entry-level skills and the knowledge required to commence an entry level career in the civil construction industry.

With The Centre delivering units onsite at Wodonga TAFE’s Logic campus in Barnawartha North, it is anticipated that learners will develop an interest in further study potentially continuing their study with Wodonga TAFE at a Certificate III level.

The program will involve local organisations; such as the Works and Horticulture departments at the Rural City of Wangaratta, Lima South Quarry, local builders, concreters, traffic control organisations; through the site visits, guest speakers, live workplace observations and demonstrations.

Felicity Williams CEO of The Centre speaks of the need for skilled workers in the region. “With the Federal and State government’s infrastructure agenda, there is no doubt that the need for skilled workers to join the civil construction workforce along the Hume corridor is growing. Consequently, The Centre is committed to supporting job seekers to develop key skills to join this industry.”

“Industry stakeholders have provided feedback to us during development of the program that they experienced high turnover with entry-level workers. They indicated the need for well-prepared entry-level workers who understand what kind of work they will be doing. This program is an opportunity for the learners to develop core work skills, which will help set them up for success in this industry.”

Felicity comments that the Certificate II in Civil Construction will be an ideal pathway for learners to seek and secure an apprenticeship and complete the Certificate III in Civil Construction. “A number of units in the Certificate II can be credited towards the Certificate III – so they will be part-way to completing the higher-level qualification on completion of this course.”

Wodonga TAFE and The Centre are partnering in this initiative to support the Civil Construction Industry in building a qualified, entry level workforce to meet the demands of future infrastructure projects.

Graham Hart, Executive Director Education and Training at Wodonga TAFE comments on the opportunities which can arise from studying the Certificate II in Civil Construction qualification.

“Based at our Logic Campus, students get hands-on, practical experience utilising industry-standard machinery and equipment. The program will provide participants with a well-rounded understanding of the industry and its expectations, along with the skills they will require to succeed in the sector. This program is a great pathway into the industry, with a range of opportunities for further study and career advancement.”