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College students learn new skills at technical trade centre

School of Construction Industries staff showcased trade careers to Western region college students at the Keilor Downs College Technical Trade Centre (TTC).

Students from Copperfield College and Keilor Downs College had the opportunity to work with a range of materials to explore and create products as part of the technological processes. On offer were hands on activities in Carpentry, Joinery, Bricklaying, Plumbing and Sign-craft.

The visit is part of a VU community engagement program, designed raise awareness of the variety of trade occupations available.   "The response to the activities has been fantastic" says Fred Inguanez, a VU staff member permanently embedded at Technical Trade Centre. "It's a great opportunity to introduce students to trades they may not have considered as a career."

Students interested in extending their trade knowledge before committing to apprenticeship can sign up for a pre-apprenticeship. The 17 week program develops important basic skills, acquires some experience and gives a more realistic expectation of the work involved in a particular trade.

VU offers Pre-apprenticeships in  BricklayingCarpentry, Engineering - FabricationEngineering - MachiningJoinery/Shopfitting/StairbuildingPlumbing and  Signage.

The student experience was a collaborative event with Keilor Downs College providing the venue (TTC) and the Brimbank Local Learning and Employment Network providing transport

The TTC, a VU initiative based at Keilor Downs College, is a purpose built facility offering courses in the areas of electrotechnology, carpentry, fitting, hairdressing and engineering.  

For any enquiries about training for building trades please contact us

School of Construction Industries
Phone 9919 8493
Email buildingconstruction@vu.edu.au

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