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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.
apprentice Angus Fraser says he
would have jumped at the chance
to take part in a trades training
programme when he was in
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
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
Now s the time to start it
because they are going to have a
really good income for the next 15
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
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
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
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 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
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