Good progress on course

Bush Telegraph - - Trades And Services Directory - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Eight weeks into the 14-week Level Two Build­ing and Con­struc­tion EIT course and progress is very good in Dan­nevirke.

Bench seats and five pic­nic ta­bles have been made and mostly sold at cost while a build­ing un­der 10sq m has been com­pleted and an­other started.

Along the way the 10 stu­dents have been learn­ing car­pen­try skills, gain­ing good work habits and get­ting a taste of car­pen­try as a pos­si­ble fu­ture ca­reer. At the end of the course they will have NCEA level two qual­i­fi­ca­tions and train­ing in get­ting a job, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing a CV, fill­ing out ap­pli­ca­tion forms and in­ter­view tech­niques.

Stu­dents range in age from 16 to 40, and two are fe­male.

Tumu ITM has again pro­vided the venue for the con­struc­tion seg­ments while Tararua Youth Ser­vices hosts the writ­ten com­po­nent.

Builders look­ing for work­ers can con­tact EIT through Tararua Youth Ser­vices on 06 374 9214. One stu­dent has al­ready gained a full­time job.

If any­one is want­ing a bench, a pic­nic table — there are two left — or the build­ing, con­tac­tEIT. Tu­tors said the build­ing would make a spare bed­room, rum­pus room or of­fice and is easy to in­stall as it does not re­quire a con­sent.

EIT is plan­ning to run an au­to­mo­tive course for July in Dan­nevirke if there is enough in­ter­est.

Not all prac­ti­cal work — EIT Em­ploy­ment Prepa­ra­tion tu­tor Vicky Tru­man (cen­tre) coaches the stu­dents in job ap­pli­ca­tion prac­tice, helped by Stu­dent Sup­port mem­ber Kathryn Lee, also from EIT.

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