Northern Outlook : October 13th 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012 NOR TH CANTER BUR Y'S BEST READ COMMUNIT Y NEWSPAPER WEEKEND EDITION t f l f ly t ff t l ff c f t, c ty c , 24 . ll t t c t t l . c t t t c t ty f ct t , t t t t ff l c t t c l . t t c . RES HOME/DEMEN I Please contact Nurse Manager for advice or to view 2 , p P 4893814AA KIDS FLYING HIGH Taking control Page 3 WORTH A LOOK Rangiora Show preview, Pages 8-10 TASTE OF ITALY Pasta Primavera, Page 12 Building a bright future By CATE BROUGHTON EARLY START: Angus Fraser, 18, says beginning a trades career while staying at school would be a great opportunity for many young people. EYREWELL BUILDING apprentice Angus Fraser says he would have jumped at the chance to take part in a trades training programme when he was in school. I definitely would have enjoyed doing that --15 to 16 years is a good time to do it. Angus finished school at 16 and completed a pre-trades course before beginning his building apprenticeship with Smith and Sons in Oxford 18 months ago. A stint doing work experience with the franchise over a summer holiday confirmed building was the career he wanted to pursue. I was quite practical so I wanted to get out and do something rather than sit in a classroom. I didn t want to go to uni, so I was getting bored at school. Beginning with a trades career while staying at school would be a great opportunity for many young people in the area, he said. They might as well start early rather than get to 18 and not know what to do. Getting paid to complete his three to four-year apprenticeship was an added bonus. He said friends at university have a $20,000 debt, but after four years apprentices were well set up. Mr Fraser s employer, Gerry Thomson, said the proposed trades academy would be great for the industry and for young people wanting to pursue a career in it. It s the best time for them to learn, because we find that unless they are country kids they are hopeless and they ve never learned how to work, so it s a good way to knock them into shape. The building industry had a bright immediate-term future with the Canterbury rebuild about to take hold, and young people could be part of that, he said. Now s the time to start it because they are going to have a really good income for the next 15 years. Trades courses on offer By CATE BROUGHTON The one year introductory course will cover eight trades including autobody, automotive, carpentry, electrical, engineering, joinery, masonry, painting and decorating, plumbing and welding. NORTH CANTERBURY high school students look- ing to chase a trades career and cash in on the immi- nent re-build boom are in luck. Canterbury Tertiary College (CTC) will begin offering year 11 to 13 students an introduction to trades course in Amberley from February. Places for 16 students will be available to combine the one-day- a-week course with their high school studies and gain 60 NCEA credits and a certificate in trades based studies, CTC manager Emma Meijer said. The one year introductory course will cover eight trades including autobody, automotive, carpentry, electrical, engineering, joinery, masonry, painting and decorating, plumbing and weld- ing. It will be offered at the Huru- nui District Council-owned Amberley Resource and Recovery Park. The initiative was developed by CTC after consultation with Amuri Area School, Cheviot Area School, Hurunui College, Oxford Area School and Rangiora High School, Ms Meijer said. An advisory board including representatives from the Canter- bury Earthquake Recovery Auth- ority, the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and Ngai Tahu recom- mended a focus on trades train- ing, to meet the regional labour market demands over the next five to 10 years . CTC would like to ensure stu- dents have community projects to work on throughout the course, and has invited submissions for project ideas. Project suggestions including the type of project, location, organisation and contacts, should be sent to Sonny Whitelaw, com- munity development officer, PO Box 13, Amberley, 7441, or emailed to sonny.whitelaw@hur unui.govt.nz.
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