TAFE Lecturers: Ross Williams (center), Len Rodin (left) and Gordon Bates (right)

TAFE Lecturers: Ross Williams (center), Len Rodin (left) and Gordon Bates (right)

Lecturers Learn Latest Steel Framing Trends

06 February 2004

A joint initiative between TAFE and industry in Western Australia has created a unique steel framing training course - the first of its type in Australia to send lecturers back to school.

A joint collaboration between TAFE, the National Association of Steel Framed Housing (NASH) and major industry players created a week long training initiative (27-30 January 2004) that saw TAFE lecturers from around the state converge on Swan TAFE's Balga campus.

Seventeen lecturers from TAFEs as far afield as the Pilbara, Geraldton, Bunbury and Albany, attended the Balga campus to learn the ins and outs of steel framing on a full size replica home donated by industry.

Leading Australian steel manufacturer BlueScope Steel, together with customers Stratco and Roofmart, donated wall framing and roof trusses made from ZINCALUME® steel to Balga TAFE to conduct the training on campus.

Balga TAFE carpentry and joinery lecturer Ross Williams ran the four day course on steel framing.

"Steel framing is increasingly being offered as a full elective, rather than a minor part of the overall course, and this program is designed to bring lecturers up to speed with the latest techniques and trends in the industry," Mr Williams said.

"The response from all the lecturers has been very positive. They have been given the opportunity to hone their skills and knowledge on a full size model as well as the chance to make a number of contacts in the industry.

"The initiative has seen TAFE and industry work together and the benefit is going to be to the students, who will have lecturers who know the industry and the latest trends."

NASH, an industry association formed to promote the growth of the steel building frame sector, initiated the concept and was a major backer in making the course a reality.

"This course is the first of its kind in Australia," NASH (WA) Chairman Jim Kenny said.

"It creates a knowledgeable and skilled labour pool for the steel framing industry into the future."

The donated steel framed house will now be used by Balga TAFE for a range of apprenticeship training.

"Steel framing apprentices will get the chance to pull it down and put it up again," TAFE's Ross Williams said.

"Electricians and plumbers can also practice installing electrical cables and pipes into a full size steel framed home."

For more Information contact:
Ross Williams
TAFE Lecturer Carpentry and Joinery - Balga
Ph: 08 9235 7846
Mobile: 0423 129 902

Jim Kenny
National Association of Steel Framed Housing Chairman (WA)
Ph: 08 9351 8888
Fax: 08 9458 9261

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