A group of six cabinet making apprentices from the Northern Territory have travelled more than 2400kms to be trained by teachers at TasTAFE’s Alanvale Campus in Launceston.
The apprentices are among around 40 apprentices from the Northern Territory who are completing their Certificate III in Cabinet Making at TasTAFE.
The training has been delivered by TasTAFE teachers through a contract with the Northern Territory Government for the past two years.
TasTAFE has an existing relationship with the Northern Territory Government through a contract to deliver the Certificate III in Glass and Glazing to NT apprentices, which has been in operation for more than 30 years.
TasTAFE teacher Stephen Kirkman said the cabinet making apprentices would visit Alanvale two to three times over four years.
“We also deliver the training online and I travel to the Northern Territory to do some of the training face to face and on site as well,” Stephen said.
“Some of the apprentices have never been out of the Territory so it’s great for them to be able to visit Tasmania, experience our training and meet other apprentices and exchange ideas.
“I also try to show them around on the weekends. Some of them saw snow for the first time on Sunday and they’ve been fishing and also to the caves at Mole Creek. It’s all about giving them a great experience.”
Among the apprentices is Tom Berndt (pictured), who recently won the Northern Territory’s WorldSkills Regional Competitions in cabinet making.
Tom, a fourth year apprentice from Darwin, said he was enjoying the training at Alanvale.
“It’s been very good and the teachers have been great.
“It’s my second trip down here for training and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Stephen Kirkman and TasTAFE Construction (North/North-West) Education Manager, Sean Crane, helped run and judge the Northern Territory’s WorldSkills cabinet making competitions, which were held in Alice Springs and Darwin in June.
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