TAFE rolls out NBN training

NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Damien Goulding, David Love, Jeromy Fox and Dwaine Graham are taking part in the program.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Damien Goulding, David Love, Jeromy Fox and Dwaine Graham are taking part in the program. Sarah Harvey

THE nationwide NBN rollout not only provides Ipswich residents with high-speed internet access - it's also generating jobs for locals.

At the Bremer Institute of TAFE in Bundamba, Springfield Lakes resident Jeromy Fox is taking part in a newly offered Civil Construction Labourer course.

The program provides civil construction and general construction skills to give jobseekers the qualifications needed to become a labourer.

As an extra, part of the seven-week course is an NBN safety awareness program that allows jobseekers to find work in NBN installation.

The program will be especially welcomed by Goodna residents who lost telephone and internet service in April.

This occurred when a contractor for the NBN Co severed a cable outside the Goodna telephone exchange.

About 2400 businesses and householders lost connection.

The Bremer TAFE program, co-approved by the NBN Co, alerts students to potential hazards while working on the NBN.

It also teaches them the safety requirements when working with optical fibre and equipment.

People looking to work on an NBN site must complete the course.

Mr Fox, 38, said he was four weeks into the course and had already learnt plenty of skills.

Not wasting any time, Mr Fox said he was applying to NBN subcontractors.

Program director of the trades faculty at Bremer TAFE Carmel Kongnso said the institute had recently become an approved training provider with the NBN Co.

"At the same time, we started talking to Employment Services Queensland about developing a program for jobseekers who wanted to get employed in all the NBN work currently under way," she said.

"We also spoke with industry and employers who were working in the NBN about what type of workers they were seeking.

"We designed the course based on that feedback."

Ms Kongnso said there was a lot of opportunity for employment with the NBN with all the rollout work in progress in Ipswich.

At least eight Ipswich suburbs will have the NBN high-speed internet installed during the next 12 months.

This is in addition to the five other local suburbs where the NBN rollout is well under way.

"This is why we are doing this," Ms Kongnso said about the new course.

"We just want to get them jobs.

"Hopefully this course will give them a good grounding and a good leg up as far as making them employable."

For more information visit bremer.tafe.qld.gov.au



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