Out-of-school teach­ers

The Shed - - Westland Industrial Heritage Park -

West­land High School can’t pro­vide prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in en­gi­neer­ing as it no longer has a met­al­work teacher, so the stu­dents come to the park to get their NCEA cred­its. “It’s a bit like a pre-ap­pren­tice­ship. They get to use our ma­chines and learn a bit of ge­om­e­try and trigonom­e­try along the way,” says Mort, who has done a lot of apprentice train­ing as well as be­ing in­volved with the Boys’ Bri­gade for more than 30 years. “They love it up here and of­ten come up in free pe­ri­ods too.”

Thirty stu­dents are com­ing to do a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties over 13 weeks at the end of the year. As well as help­ing in the work­shops, they will be in­volved with DOC’s wet­land project. The park also runs cour­ses for REAP House, in­clud­ing women’s weld­ing classes. One woman who orig­i­nally did the course so that she could make out­door fur­ni­ture is now help­ing weld rail­way tracks.

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