Victoria University's (VU) pre-apprenticeship carpentry course is 'going gangbusters' at its Melton Campus.
The 16-week full-time course, Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry), makes it easier for participants to get an apprenticeship and a job in the building industry.
"We're still operating as normal and have a few vacancies left for our next course," said VU's Ross Firth, Course Coordinator.
The next course will start on 23 February 2009. Expressions of Interest are also open for the following course, in July 2009. Prospective students should be at least 15 years old, and have a good understanding of Maths and English.
Each course has a maximum of 16 students. The students begin by learning to use basic hand-tools, but finish up by building a built-to order transportable home from scratch, which is then sold as a granny flat or holiday home.
Ross said the Certificate II qualification gave students a better chance of getting an apprenticeship because it offered attractive incentives for employers. Apprentices who have the qualification complete four weeks of assessment then go to school for half the amount of time compared to other apprentices.
He said: "After they complete our course, an employer only has to send them to school for 12 weeks, rather than the normal 24 weeks."
Ross Firth, Course Coordinator, Melton Campus, Victoria University
Ph: (03)9919 7530 or 0417 386 156.
Ann Marie Angebrandt
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
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