Trade training and senior school helps Alan to realise his future

ALAN Horne, a 17-year-old year 12 student, is studying at both the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre (BTTC) and Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School.

He is combining his education by attending three days a week at the BTTC completing his course in Certificate II Construction run by the Tasmanian Polytechnic.

Alan Horne in the workshop in the Certificate II Construction course at the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre
Alan Horne in the workshop in the Certificate II Construction course at the Bridgewater Trade Training Centre.

The course is preparing him with the skills he will need for employment or further training, and the remaining two days of the week he is attending JRLF Senior School studying maths, English and physical education.

This is enabling Alan to undertake the career path he would like to follow in the future and enhancing his education.

Alan is enjoying the opportunity to pursue his chosen career in construction at the centre, which he says is a fantastic facility with a positive learning environment.

The course provides Alan with the competencies he will need for an entry-level traineeship or apprenticeship within the construction industry.

Alan has also completed white card training (occupational health and safety) while undertaking the course. A white card is required to gain entry to a construction site.

Alan said: “I didn’t think I would have been able to undertake the course in the local area. I was expecting to have to travel to the Clarence campus or the city to pursue my course but being in the Brighton/Bridgewater area has made the course so much more accessible and easy for me to combine my outside interests.”

Alan plays football for the Brighton Football Club and trains twice a week and plays on Saturdays.

Alan last year completed Certificate I in Automotive Vehicle Body run by the Tasmanian Polytechnic.

To undertake the course Alan travelled to the Mt Nelson campus which required him to catch two buses and leave early in the morning.

Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Body is now being run at the BTTC.

Students interested in enrolling for Certificate II Construction should contact Julie Elliott at the Tasmanian Polytechnic on 6233 3346 or Tracy Burn at the BTTC.

The next Certificate II Construction course will begin in July and expressions of interest are being taken now.

Courses currently being offered at the BTTC are Certificate II Construction, Certificate II Automotive Vehicle Body, Certificate II Engineering, Certificate II Automotive Mechanical, Certificate II Drainage and Certificate I Construction – Bricklaying.