Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

IT IS easy to see why Bren­dan Nupier from Camp­bell­town is on top of the world.

Work­ing on Sydney’s new­est land­mark 50 storeys above the city, the 25-year-old is learn­ing skills most tradies his age can only dream of. As a third-year con­struc­tion ap­pren­tice at Barangaroo, he is mas­ter­ing skills that will put him in the box seat for fu­ture job op­por­tu­ni­ties. And he is not alone.

More than 330 ap­pren­tices from across the west have been learn­ing on the job at the Western Sydney TAFE “pop-up col­lege” at Barangaroo since it be­gan three years ago.

Barangaroo Skills Ex­change man­ager Ron Wright, of TAFE Western Sydney, said they were get­ting the type of ex­pe­ri­ence that will put them in high de­mand in com­ing years.

“In the area of sus­tain­abil­ity and re­new­able en­ergy, both in terms of its con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion, this is a cut­ting-edge de­vel­op­ment with six stars,” Mr Wright said.

Ben Adams, 20, is an elec­tro-tech­nol­ogy elec­tri­cian at Mt Druitt TAFE, who is learn­ing skills on the job as well as some classes on-site.

“There is a lot of build­ing au­toma­tion here … that you don’t see on other sites,” he said.

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