Last week Varley Tomago hosted a site visit for eleven graduates from a short Training Services NSW program pilot. The purpose of the visit was to induct participants ready for a one week work experience placement to commence in early May.
Funded by the state government the pilot program has been developed by Training Services NSW, TAFE and Varley representatives, and Mark Almond for the Australian Department of Jobs & Small Business. The program objective is to assist in preparing suitable unemployed candidates for trades assistant type roles in selected manufacturing organisations.
The program pilot consisted of an intensive nine day TAFE course to be followed by a one week work experience placement. The short course includes units of competence like drawing interpretation, hand tools, safe working and various skills for being employed.
Varley’s Production Manager Wayne Moy and HR Manager Jan Dobbie provided the guided site tour in addition to an organization presentation that highlighted Varley work policies. Each participant was also subject to an interview in a speed dating format. The program participants were accompanied by job active provider representatives from Castle Personnel, Mai-Wel and WorkSkil.