TAFE NSW Coffs Harbour Construction head teacher Mark Wyborn chats with second year carpentry students, Nathan Gallagher and Burnum Anderson at ‘O’Day.
TAFE NSW Coffs Harbour Construction head teacher Mark Wyborn chats with second year carpentry students, Nathan Gallagher and Burnum Anderson at ‘O’Day.

Building students back at TAFE

COFFS Harbour TAFE’s construction section burst into a flurry of activity this week as building students, new and returning, flooded in for their orientation day.

The construction section at Coffs Harbour campus includes training facilities for carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying, wall and floor tiling, concreting, roof plumbing and waterproofing for apprentices and trainees, plus a range of specialised licensing and post trade courses.

Construction head teacher Mark Wyborn said the day gave students the opportunity to access information.

“Coffs Harbour is the only campus outside of the metropolitan area to offer such a comprehensive range of training for the building industry,” Mr Wyborn said.

“Orientation day is proving to be a real winner, with students, some with their employers and even some parents, getting a chance to have a look over our training facilities.

“The day gives us the opportunity to make available a host of information all in one place.

“We cover everything from where to find the administration office, the canteen, and where the classrooms are, as well as some basic academic stuff,” he said.

This year’s ‘O Day’ speakers included representatives from WorkCover, the Apprenticeship Centre and Fair Trading, plus a local police officer gave the students plenty of tips, everything from securing their valuable tools, to vehicle safety and responsibly handling the inevitable ‘after work refreshments’ session’, Mark said.



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