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Funded apprencticeship launched

8 February 2013

[For the most current listing of apprenticeship training providers for the composites industry refer to the Training page on this website at this link …]

To celebrate the new composites apprenticeship – Certificate III in Engineering (Composites Trade) – Kangan Institute hosted an information evening for the who’s who of the Victorian composites industry.

Composite practitioners from Kings Fibreglass, TriComposites, Revolution Fibreglass, Bolwell, Fly Synthesis, Composites Constructions (and more) and the ever present and supportive Nuplex Composites.

Carl Walsh from the Higher Education and Skills Group within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development noted the exceptional nature of the event, as the Certificate III in Engineering (Composites Trade) is one of only two new apprenticeships to be launched within the industry in many years.

Five years in the making, Certificate III in Engineering (Composites Trade) owes its development to Bob Paton of  Manufacturing Skills Australia who backed the program’s development from the very beginning. Composites Australia
Executive Manager, Kerryn Caulfield said: “We are grateful for Bob’s support and for the efforts of Composites Australia Board member Phillip Bovis, who will also become one of the teachers running the program for Kangan.”

Heartened by the support, Kerryn said: ”The turn-up tonight is not because of the catering. It shows real support from real people who make things. Many of these people have themselves done an apprenticeship and understand and appreciate that skills need to be nurtured. Such support validates our decision five years ago to pursue the apprenticeship.”

Learning will take place through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job training. There is also opportunity to have credits applied via Kangan’s Skills Recognition process.
Phillip explained that the apprenticeship has the ability to be customised to each individual apprentice and their employer. “We’ll be refining the course over time and will work with students and the employer to meet their needs,” he said.

“We’ll also be upgrading our facilities to ensure the latest technologies used today in the composites sector will be covered as part of this program.”

Composites Australia is hopeful that the qualification will be picked up in each state in the future.