Putting finishing touches to their office extension are Andrew Lesleighter, Dale Egan and Heath Smith.
Putting finishing touches to their office extension are Andrew Lesleighter, Dale Egan and Heath Smith. Blainey Woodham

Apprentices eager to build career

EIGHT teenagers from a South Tweed training organisation have proved they have the skills needed to make good builders.

The Nova Skill trainees wrapped up their four-week construction course yesterday by putting the finishing touches on a new interview room for the training centre.

Field officer Warwick Day said the office extension allowed the eight potential apprentices to put their newly learnt skills to good use.

“The team did everything themselves,” Mr Day said.

“From measuring and buying the materials to plastering and painting the walls.”

Mr Day said the room was built just in time.

“I used the room today to induct my first two apprentices.”

The eight workers, aged between 16 and 19, were given the opportunity to complete their Certificate II in general construction thanks to funding by the stategovernment.

Mr Day said he was now looking for eight employers to “adopt an apprentice”.

“I’m very keen to find apprenticeship opportunities in the construction and automotive industries for these guys,” he said.

“They’re good kids; I’ve got a lot to say for them.”

Mr Day said potential employers would also benefit from the federal government’s new Kickstart bonus.

“This incentive puts these potential apprentices in the best position ever to gain an apprenticeship.”

The Apprentice Kickstart program is a $100 million investment designed to counteract the impact of the global recession on Australian apprenticeship commencements and retention.

It also aims to increase opportunities for young people to transition from school to trade training, improving their chances of engaging with long-term employment.

Nova Skill is a group and registered training organisation which provides employers and employees with working solutions.

“We’re constantly working with great kids to deliver work solutions,” Mr Day said.

Nova Skill’s office is located in Corporation Circuit at South Tweed Heads.

Prospective employers wishing to speak to Mr Day about employing an apprentice can contact him by phoning 0410 500 188.



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