Gilmore College students’ time to shine in KIC traineeships


Gilmore College principal Rohan Smith (left) and KIC director Chris Oughton (right) with the new Year 11 students on the KIC Metals and Engineering Program at Gilmore College.
Gilmore College principal Rohan Smith (left) and KIC director Chris Oughton (right) with the new Year 11 students on the KIC Metals and Engineering Program at Gilmore College.

A GROUP of students from Gilmore College were welcomed into the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) Metals and Engineering School Based Traineeship for 2017.

The traineeship has attracted a diverse range of students for the 2017 program.

Two female students – Nicole McCracken and Krystal Talbot – will join 12 male peers as they begin their training.

The Year 11 students were all selected through a competitive process.

They will receive training one day a week at South Metropolitan Tafe and spend time in work placements with KIC’s member companies as part of their traineeship.

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KIC director Chris Oughton said more than 200 trainees had graduated from the program over the past 18 years.

“I’m happy to see a diverse group of local students taking advantage of these highly regarded opportunities,” he said.

During an intake event, KIC president David Honey presented students with portfolios, certificates and caps.

Most students who complete the traineeship obtain apprenticeships in the fabrication (boilermaker, shipwright, pattern maker and electrical fitter mechanical fitting) industries, or mechanical (plant mechanic, heavy duty mechanic, electroplater, fitter, metal machinist, refrigeration, mechanic and tool maker) industries.

“Many of the previous students completing the (program) have gone on to the National WorldSkills event,” Mr Oughton said.