Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Re­becca Dargie MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, July 8, 2015

A QUICK look up at the skyline of our ever-ex­pand­ing towns and cities makes clear the de­mands of the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries.

TAFE’s Cer­tifi­cate III in rig­ging gives grad­u­ates a foot in the door to many boom­ing in­dus­tries and sets them up for safe ca­reer.

The course cov­ers plant and equip­ment, struc­tural steel erec­tion, hoists, pre­cast con­crete place­ment, safety nets and static lines, mast climbers, perime­ter safety screens and shut­ters, and can­tilevered crane load­ing plat­forms.

The course head teacher, Robert Sharp, said the work is 60 per cent prac­ti­cal and 40 per cent the­o­ret­i­cal, al­low­ing stu­dents to learn the skills that they will use on a daily ba­sis in the in­dus­try.

“This is a valu­able qual­i­fi­ca­tion which will en­able grad­u­ates to work through­out Aus­tralia in a re­ally wide range of in­dus­tries,” Mr Sharp said, adding that op­er­a­tives in this field needed to be will­ing to move to where work was, and to deal with a va­ri­ety of peo­ple.

“It suits any­one who is just start­ing a ca­reer in con­struc­tion, en­ter­tain­ment and al­lied trade in­dus­tries or any­one who is al­ready work­ing within these in­dus­tries and want to up­skill by gain­ing a na­tion­ally recog­nise qual­i­fi­ca­tion

“Once our grad­u­ates have spent some time in an in­dus­try, some may choose to move into more se­nior roles or even start their own small busi­ness.

Work­ing with cranes is one thing a rig­ger learns to do.

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