Path­ways to suc­cess

Mercury (Hobart) - - BACK TO SCHOOL -

FA­THER and son Karl and Bran­don King have taken their shared love of work­ing with metal to the next level, en­rolling to­gether in a TasTAFE metal fab­ri­ca­tion course.

After an in­jury in his for­mer job as a gar­dener, Bran­don de­cided to en­rol in the Cer­tifi­cate II in En­gi­neer­ing Path­ways course at TasTAFE’s Ben­der Drive cam­pus at Der­went Park.

His fa­ther Karl had re­cently taken a re­dun­dancy from a ca­reer as a sup­port worker and de­cided to fol­low his son into the course.

“I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in fab­ri­ca­tion, and I wanted to do some­thing that would fur­ther my skills,” Karl said.

“I wouldn’t mind a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing — maybe the ma­chin­ing side of things — and I thought this course was a great place to start.”

The Cer­tifi­cate II in En­gi­neer­ing Path­ways course is in­tended for peo­ple in­ter­ested in gain­ing em­ploy­ment in an en­gi­neer­ing or re­lated work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, such as boil­er­mak­ing, weld­ing, fit­ting, ma­chin­ing, sheet metal and en­gi­neer­ing.

It gives par­tic­i­pants broad un­der­pin­ning skills and knowl­edge in a range of en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing tasks to en­hance theirr em­ploy­ment prospects for ap­pren­tice­ships, trainee­ships or gen­er­all em­ploy­ment.

Karl said the course had been chal­leng­ing att times but also a lot of fun.

“We’ve been able to use a lot of the ma­chines and find out more about how ev­ery­thing works,’’ he said.

“The so­cial as­pect of the course has also been nice. The guys do­ing the course all come from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, which makes it in­ter­est­ing.”

Karl said he had been im­pressed by the teach­ers at TasTAFE.

“The teach­ers are very knowl­edge­able,’’ he said.

“Ev­ery­one has their own teach­ing style and they do

take the time to show you things, but also give you the free­dom to have a go and work things out for your­self.”

Re­search backs up Karl and Bran­don’s view that vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is a great op­tion.

The Skilling Aus­tralian re­port, Per­cep­tions Are Not Re­al­ity: myths, re­al­i­ties and the crit­i­cal role of vo­ca­tional

ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in Aus­tralia, found that vo­ca­tion­ally trained grad­u­ates have a higher em­ploy­ment rate than univer­sity un­der­grad­u­ates, with more than 78 per cent of VET grad­u­ates be­ing em­ployed after train­ing, com­pared with 69 per cent of bach­e­lor de­gree grad­u­ates.

It also found they earn wages com­pa­ra­ble to, if not ex­ceed­ing, univer­sity grad­u­ates, with the me­dian full-time in­come for a VET grad­u­ate at $56,000 com­pared with $54,000 for a univer­sity bach­e­lor’s de­gree grad­u­ate. TasTAFE of­fers about 250 na­tion­ally recog­nised, in­dus­try-en­dorsed qual­i­fi­ca­tions across a range of ar­eas, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive, con­struc­tion, nurs­ing, tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity, and pri­mary in­dus­tries. Tasmanians in­ter­ested in study­ing at TasTAFE in 2019 can learn more at TasTAFE’s Info Week from Jan­uary 21-25. Visit https:// in­foweek/ for de­tails of Info Week ses­sions and to regis­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion about TasTAFE cour­ses visit or phone 1300 655 307.

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