27th March 2012
Course offers youngsters skills to build long career
By Lisa Herbertson
Leo Kefu is one of 15 budding engineers who has taken the first step in his career by clocking on for his first day of studies at Miller TAFE.
The pre-apprenticeship metals and engineering course he has signed up for is being offered in conjunction with Manufacturing Industries Group Apprenticeship Scheme (MIGAS).
“I was looking for a job or apprenticeship online and then I found this course,” Mr Kefu, 18, said. “I’m really looking forward to learning about welding and it’s exciting to be here,”
The enthusiastic pupils, who are either students or recent graduates of local high schools, are being taught by the TAFE’s fitting and machining teacher Andrew George, who said the scheme with MIGAS “cuts out all the headaches for employers”.
“This course is one that leaves the door open to a wide spectrum of careers and it’s pretty full-on for the boys,” Mr George said.
MIGAS representative Leanne Suffolk was pleased to have the course up and running, and agreed with Mr George that Mr Kefu and his classmates would be “a step ahead” after it.
The course runs for five weeks and MIGAS monitors each student to ensure that safe, high-quality training is received and high-quality work is produced.
Source: Liverpool Leader March 2012