• Heavy industry and trades skills trainees graduate in Pirie
Heavy industry and trades skills trainees graduate in Pirie
11 Dec, 2019, No Comment

Summary: A group of trainees is "ready for the world" after graduating from a heavy industry and trades skills course.....

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The participants, some wearing their orange overalls, assembled for the ceremony in the Function Centre at Memorial Oval on Thursday.

Program organiser Lynn Wallace, of Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North, said 15 young people had taken part and were now "ready for the world".

She said eight full-time jobs had been achieved as a result. These included positions of electrical apprentice, laborers and concreters.

This stemmed from 64 job applications by the trainees.

Dylan Knight, 23, of Port Pirie, became a general laborer with course sponsor McMahon Services.

"I have been there a month. It is going very well. I am having a lot of fun and learning lots of stuff," he said.

"The course was great ... it developed my skills."

Jakoba Heinrich, 20, of Port Pirie, hopes to win a position as an apprentice boilermaker.

He said he had gained some "tickets" as a result of the training.

"We learned skills that we will have all our lives," he said.

"The course helped me gain confidence and get a routine."

Three trainees were invited to speak to the crowd of about 50.

One of them, Alexander James, said the course had led him to a electrical apprenticeship.

"It is a great way to get a foot in the door with the local employers," he said.

Industry mentor and retired 44-year smelter tradesman "Spanner" Combe encouraged the trainees to develop a good handshake and "eye contact".

"I was the crusty old uncle to the group," he said.

"I can guarantee we will never ever forget each other.

"Well done to the parents and grandparents for bringing up some terrific kids - we really didn't have to shave off any rough edges."

Federal government employment facilitator Lisa Brock said resources company OZ Minerals had contributed $15,000 toward the 20-week program run with the TAFE college.

She said the idea for the scheme had originated a decade ago.

Chief executive officer of RDA Yorke and Mid North Kelly-Anne Saffin said she was proud of her organisation and the "incredible work" of Ms Brock.

The course provided insights into four areas - engineering, electrical and renewables, construction and civil and mining.

Ten of the graduates were at the ceremony while others were working or unable to attend.


Greg Mayfield, 05/12/2019, www.portpirierecorder.com.au/story/6529008/ready-for-the-world/

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