TAFE helps Ben nail a new career

Are you mature-aged or simply wanting a career change?  Maybe you didn’t get the university offer you wanted.  Maybe you’ve been out of work raising a young family.  Chisholm TAFE at Rosebud has a variety of courses that offer further pathways in both careers and higher education with programs including VCAL, early childhood education and care, aged care, hospitality and tourism, building trades and more.

When Ben Snell approached Chisholm about a career change, the building and trades staff tailored a program just for him that enabled him to continue working to support his young family.  As a registered nurse working in mental health for 14 years, Ben was ready for a change, but with family commitments it wasn’t so clear cut.

After being repeatedly knocked back in his quest for an apprenticeship opportunity, Ben realised he needed to demonstrate to potential employers that he had the technical skills required to do the job, so he contacted Chisholm Rosebud about completing a pre-apprenticeship.  The program usually runs over 12 weeks, but given Ben’s situation the Chisholm carpentry team modelled an individual training program that enabled a flexible option to complete a pre-apprenticeship over a longer timeframe.

Ben successfully completed his pre-apprenticeship in 2016 and obtained a trial labouring for three months during which his employer, Waterworth Constructions owner-operator Mark, offered him a mature-age apprenticeship in carpentry. Now Ben is completing his Certificate III in Carpentry at Chisholm.

“I wouldn’t have been able to get an apprenticeship without the help of Chisholm,” he said.
Chisholm’s Mornington Peninsula Campus in Rosebud provides a comfortable and community-based learning environment with strong links to the Peninsula industry that provides placement opportunities.  Chisholm’s dedicated teachers understand the needs of industry and make learning relevant to the future success of students.

Applications for 2017 are now open. For more information visit www.chisholm.edu.au

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