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TasTAFE and MAX Employment have joined forces to deliver training which is helping the long term unemployed find jobs in the metals industry.

Four of the eight participants in the first round of the tailored skill set, which started in May this year, have already gone on to be employed at Incat as trade assistants.

The second group of 10 participants to undertake the Basic Aluminium/Steel Fabrication Skill Set at TasTAFE’s Bender Drive campus at Derwent Park, completed the four-week course today.

MAX Employment’s Partnership Manager, Tania Bailey, said the organisation had identified that a short-term skill set in the metal fabrication area was a potential opportunity to train up some of their long-term unemployed clients in an area where there was demand.

“We understood that there were organisations such as Incat who were looking for people with some skills in this area to fill trades-assistant roles.”

Trades assistant roles are often the first step for people in the industry before they gain apprenticeships.

“We worked with TasTAFE to develop a skill set which would meet the needs of the industry as well as our clients.

“TasTAFE were really flexible in working with us to tailor skill set training to over a four week period, three days a week which suited the needs of our clients.

“This training has been life-changing for many of the participants. They are engaged and excited about the training, have grown in confidence and are now setting their sights on getting a job,” Ms Bailey said.

TasTAFE Metals South Education Manager, Mark Geeves, said the skill set training covered a range of areas including sheet and plate assembly, gas metal arc welding, using hand and power tools and occupational health and safety.

“Working with the group from Max Employment has been particularly rewarding for our teachers who have been able to share their skills and knowledge with the group and set them on the path to finding employment,” Mr Geeves said.

Some of the 10 participants who completed the skill-set today will do welding tests with Incat and other organisations as the next step towards potentially gaining employment.

Partnership creating opportunities for long-term unemployed