Workplace welcome


Back: Braedyn Snell, Brennon Cusack, Ryan Buckett, Jackson Bleach, Zac Streeter and Connor D'Evelynes. Front: Andre Francis, Manaia Baker, Damian Lance, Tia Jones, Madison Reid and Neil Sayloon.
Back: Braedyn Snell, Brennon Cusack, Ryan Buckett, Jackson Bleach, Zac Streeter and Connor D'Evelynes. Front: Andre Francis, Manaia Baker, Damian Lance, Tia Jones, Madison Reid and Neil Sayloon.

In a first for this traineeship, three female students joined 10 male peers.

Student Tia Jones was hoping to glean some future job prospects from the traineeship.

“It’s really good to be accepted,” she said.

“I’m going to introduce myself at the workplace placement for employment opportunities.”

The Year 11 students, who were all selected through a competitive process, started their traineeships in the last week of February.

All students are enrolled at Gilmore College, and will receive training one day a week at Challenger Institute of Technology. They will also spend time in work placements with KIC’s member companies.

KIC Director Chris Oughton said he was pleased to see that the KIC Metals and Engineering SBT had attracted female students also.

“More than 200 trainees have graduated from the program over the past 17 years and I am happy to see a diverse group of local students taking full advantage of these highly regarded opportunities,” he said.

At the welcoming, held on February 25 students were presented with their portfolios, certificates and caps.

Most students who complete the KIC Metals and Engineering SBT 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.