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Students from TasTAFE’s Young Migrant Education Program have had a taste of what it takes to be a tradie as part of a collaboration between TasTAFE’s Construction and Allied Trades and English Language Services areas.

The ten students, who are studying Certificates I and II in Spoken and Written English, last week tried their hand at carpentry, plastering, tiling and painting led by teachers from the Construction and Allied Trades team at Clarence Campus.

The Construction and Allied Trades and English Languages Services teams worked together to organise the week, giving students a unique experience.

The partnership was an opportunity for students to gain a range of experiences, including practising their English and learning technical trade terms as well as trying out some basic trades skills.

YMEP Youth Worker, Gavin Evans, said the students had taken to the experience with gusto.

“They’ve all been outstanding. It’s been an opportunity for them to practise their English, meet new people and increase their level of confidence.”

Student, Meena Gurung (pictured), said she had enjoyed the experience.

“It’s been a great way to get a new experience. I’ve learned a lot of new things that I haven’t done before. It’s been awesome.”

Tiling teacher, Daniel Cotton, said he had given the students some background around what happens in the tiling trade and provided an opportunity for them to try some basic tiling.

“They’re a great group. They’ve been listening well and there are some good skills amongst them.”

YMEP students have had similar tasters across TasTAFE’s Aged Care, Horticulture and Lab Operations areas.


Collaboration gives migrant students a taste of the trades