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Apprentice mechanics back in pole position

Tuesday, 15th May, 2018

TAFE NSW Manager of TAFE Services, Far West, Byron Hooker (left) with Regional Development Australia Far West Training and Employment Coordinator, Adrian Camilleri.PICTURE: Emily Ferguson TAFE NSW Manager of TAFE Services, Far West, Byron Hooker (left) with Regional Development Australia Far West Training and Employment Coordinator, Adrian Camilleri.PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Earlier this year TAFE made the decision to return automotive training to the Broken Hill college after the courses were axed in 2016 due to insufficient numbers. 

Local apprentice mechanics that had to travel as far as Dubbo for training each month are now not only doing their courses here but finding work.

It all came about after Regional Development Australia Far West employed a Training and Employment Coordinator, Adrian Camilleri, to work with employers.

“It became pretty obvious that options for our school leavers to find an apprenticeship or traineeships were becoming increasingly difficult, with many of our young people required to attend training outside of the region,” said Mr Camilleri.

“The interest and support from employers to create pathways has been fantastic,” he said.

Mr Camilleri said Broken Hill Toyota, Far West Auto, Bridgestone and Jemrok Broken Hill were all very quick to commit to employing apprentices once there was a commitment from TAFE to deliver high quality automotive training in the city. 

“Their commitment to offer apprenticeships was crucial in establishing the return of auto training to Broken Hill,” he said.

“Opportunities in the region are definitely growing fast with more than 100 apprenticeships and traineeships offered in the last six months.

“This is the highest number we have seen in many years. It really demonstrates the commitment of employers and the opportunities for our young people to develop a career pathway that interest them in the Far West without the need to leave home to find an apprenticeship.”

“I want to thank our local employers who have really been positive about providing opportunities. These opportunities have really come from the commitment of employers and local training providers.”

Local TAFE Manager of Services, Far West, Byron Hooker, said it was a very good outcome for the city.

“It has been great to see the local businesses get behind the Trainee and Apprenticeships and give our young people more employment options locally,” Mr Hooker said.

“Congratulations to Adrian and the team at Regional Development Australia on the great work they have done promoting Trainee and Apprenticeships in a variety of areas. They are talking to local businesses and organisations to provide the important information and benefits of these programs.” 

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