Cowra TAFE keeps carpentry students studying locally

Janama Lambshead and Zach Cook are one step closer to their dream careers.
Janama Lambshead and Zach Cook are one step closer to their dream careers.

The future of the building and construction industry is in safe hands with Cowra’s next generation of budding builders, Janama Lambshead and Zach Cook, one step closer to their dream careers.

Both talented Cowra TAFE students are in the closing stages of the Certificate III in Carpentry course, upon completion of their apprenticeships they will be eligible to apply for their carpenters licence’s, then will be ready to enrol in a Certificate IV in Building course, the final training required to apply for their full builder’s licence.

“Janama and Zach’s employers continue to provide really positive feedback that the students are developing into hardworking apprentice carpenters with bright futures in the industry,” Cowra TAFE Construction Teacher Wayne Saunders said.

“Both Students have worked really hard to acquire skills that will one day allow them to build a house from start to finish.

“Janama and Zach have certainly come a long way from when they started at Cowra TAFE with limited skills in the pre-apprenticeship construction course and are now training in their Certificate III in Carpentry as apprentices. To think they’re now wanting to further their skills in Certificate IV in Building and Construction is inspiring.

“It’s also a wonderful example of how Cowra TAFE can not only help nurture these students right the way through their training, but also provide them with exciting, practical and real-life employment opportunities,” he said.

Both Janama and Zach said the opportunity Cowra TAFE had given them to complete their studies close to home, rather then travelling to across the state, had been invaluable.

“It’s been good Wayne has made the course understandable and easy to get through,” Zac said.

“I knew Cowra Offered the Certificate III in Carpentry because I came through the pre-apprenticeship course, so it’s worked out well.

“It meant when I was looking at completing my Certificate III and I didn’t have to travel, It’s not very often you get that opportunity to complete your studies in Cowra. It’s worked out well because mum has been happy I don’t have to travel,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to learning how to run a business which includes building site management and job estimation. I’d love to build my own house one day,” he said.

Janama was also the first Aboriginal student to ever complete the pre-apprenticeship construction course in Cowra.

“During my studies I am learning all the components involved with building new homes and it’s been great to be able to put these skills into practice while on the job with Ray Clements Construction,” he said.

“To be able to get my builder’s licence would be a dream come true.”

For more information about the pre-apprenticeship construction course or Certificate III in Carpentry for apprentices, Certificate IV in Building and Construction please contact Wayne Saunders at Cowra TAFE on 6340 1700.