A new work placement training program is providing high school students from the Rockingham and Kwinana areas with engineering skills that will allow them to pursue careers as diesel fitters, fitters and turners, welders and fabricators.
Challenger Institute of Technology in partnership with the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) recently launched the Plant Mechanic (Heavy Diesel) Work Placement Program, which aims to help high school students discover a range of career opportunities the industry has to offer.
Last month the first group of 13 students began their two-year work placement programs, which includes training at Challenger Institute one day per week.
The students, selected from Gilmore College, Living Waters Lutheran College, Safety Bay Senior High School, Comet Bay College and Rockingham Senior High School will receive a Certificate II in Engineering on successful completion.
Challenger Institute Applied Engineering and Australian Centre for Energy Process Training (ACEPT) Director Greg Guppy said these types of programs were essential if local youth were to have employment opportunities within local industry.
“The partnership provides an opportunity to train students to meet the standards required by industry so that they have a good chance of employment,” Mr Guppy said.
“Employers will know the exact training the student has had, which is important in this area of industry shortage.”
The program is designed to develop students’ mechanical essential skills and aims to heighten students’ apprenticeship prospects in the plant mechanic and mechanic fitting industry areas.
Students will be required to grasp a number of skills including measurement and calculations, reading and interpreting engineering drawings, using hand and power tool, basic welding and machine operations.
KIC Director Chris Oughton said the program is of significant value for local high school students.
“This program is another extension of the KIC Education Development Program and is just another way in which KIC is working towards providing local students with the best possible opportunities in pursuing their careers in industry,” Mr Oughton said.
“The KIC acknowledges the importance of building a strong career pathway for students into industry, and I have no doubt that many will go on to be very successful in their chosen trades.”