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The house that TAFE Western Sydney Pre-Apprentices helped build

Left to Right: Baris age 19 from Seven Hills, Head Teacher Andrew Jones; Noran age 19 from Liverpool; and Billy age 17 from Mount Druitt.

TAFE Western Sydney Institute will hand over the keys today to a four bedroom, two bathroom house built with the help of over 50 Plumbing and Carpentry Pre-Apprentices.  The house is designed for wheelchair access throughout the home incorporating a height adjustable kitchen benchtop and reinforced ceiling beams to accommodate hoist lifting in the master bedroom and ensuite.  The NSW Department of Family and Community Services will take ownership of the house from today, Thursday 8th of October, 2015.

Students are involved in a range a trades working on excavation, concreting, bricklaying, roofing, plumbing, carpentry and landscape construction. This experience exposes students to apprenticeships they may not have considered before.

“The Pre-Apprenticeship program can take a student who has no experience and guide them through the building process starting from the cutting and assembling of wall frames, the erecting of roof trusses and the installation of eaves through to the internal fix out, participating in the installation of internal doors and architraves,” said Andrew Jones, Project Manager Housing, Western Sydney Institute. “This program is all about getting students into apprenticeships.”

Thirty Carpentry Pre-Apprentices and 24 Plumbing Pre-Apprentices have worked on the build and 25 of the students have already picked up apprenticeships, most recently in bricklaying, carpentry and plumbing.

“The next round of Pre-Apprentice students have started with the landscaping of this garden and will go on to work on the next build and see the house building process unfold,” said Mr Jones.

Noran from Liverpool is hoping to pick up a carpentry apprenticeship but has enjoyed learning a broader range of skills during the Pre-Apprenticeship program.

“I wasn’t expecting to try so many things but I’m really enjoying it” said Noran, aged 19.  “I really like reading the plans, learning about concreting and I like the landscaping too.”

The Pre-Apprenticeship program is supported by NSW Land & Housing Corporation and the Department of Family and Community Services.