New carpentry facility for Melbourne apprentices

A new carpentry trade facility has been launched at Kangan TAFE, in Melbourne’s north, as part of the Broadmeadows Trades and Skills Centre.

The new facility is within a repurposed building, with equipment and training areas for up to 400 apprentices as well as an indoor simulated work site where trades teachers can assess students from a mezzanine level.

All trades training is done under one roof, increasing collaboration between students and providing a real-world environment where apprentices from different trades work on large projects.

The Trades and Skills Centre was opened in December and accommodates 3,500 students each year. It features a ‘plumbing tower’ that simulates plumbing and sewer systems and a supersized sandpit for domestic and commercial drainage and pipework training.

Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney today launched the $1.2 million investment for the carpentry facility as part of the $6.8 million Trades and Skills Centre.

“This is another feather in the cap for the fantastic new Trades and Skills Centre in Broadmeadows – giving locals access to great training opportunities and also addressing skills demands in Melbourne’s growing north,” Tierney said.

Kangan Institute Acting CEO Graham Fryer said the new Trades and Skills Centre is already supporting thousands of Victorians to gain a nationally recognised qualification through high quality resources and industry-standard technology.

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