Driving local learning

By Melissa Blewitt

• The Automotive TVET course sees Condobolin, Tullibigeal and Lake Cargelligo students undertake theoretical and practical components at Condobolin TAFE Campus. There is a mandatory workplace component of the course, which is 70 hours over two years, and roughly equates to one week per year. MB

Local students are using a TAFE-delivered vocational education and training (TVET) course as a pathway to a trade or employment.

The Automotive TVET course sees Condobolin, Tullibigeal and Lake Cargelligo students undertake theoretical and practical components.

According to teacher/instructor Jeremy Reid the class is made up of students from Years 10, 11 and 12.

“Normally students would get the chance to do it in year 11 and 12, but as the students in this area are isolated and remote, this is a composite class,” he explained.

“Units out of this course can count towards their ATAR, so some of these guys will opt to do the HSC exam in this subject, and others will use it as a pathway to a trade or future employment.

“One student last year was offered an apprenticeship, and I would never say that it was a direct result of this course, but I believe it helped because it showed they had an aptitude for learning.

“Some of these units are directly linked to a Trade course, so they have some recognition in the beginning if they start a Trade.

“It shows these students can study and undertake practical components of learning if a potential employer wants to put them through a course when they go through apprenticeship they are capable of undertaking written and practical exams to complete their course.”

There is a mandatory workplace component of the course, which is 70 hours over two years, and roughly equates to one week per year.

“This is an opportunity for employers to give them a go, as well trial them outside the school environment to see if they would fit into their business team or to see if they have the correct aptitude for the trade or not,” Mr Reid said.

The students learn about all things light vehicle automotive as part of their course.

“They learn basic servicing, learn basic engine operating principles, also do an overview of mechanical systems of a car, and cooling systems. They have done servicing, engine repair, minor and major, transmission, and clutch. We try to give them a real live variety of what’s involved in being a mechanic in day to day activities,” Mr Reid stated.

“Most don’t like doing the theory but it is part of the task. It’s not all theory and they do get a chance to work on actual vehicles. We have actually been doing some work on a student’s vehicle, looking at the cooling system.

“They are more interested when it is their vehicle as they have a vested interest in fixing or finding out solutions to problems. It is actually a real job and of benefit to them. They enjoy it more if it is an actual job.

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