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Renewable Energy Course for School Students

Mar 08, 2012

Callum (seated) and Alex (standing) testing the electric vehicle that has been their project focus at the new Riverland Trade Training Centre at the TAFE SA Berri Campus

Riverland school students are being given the opportunity to embark on a career in the electro-technology industry at the TAFE SA Berri Campus, through a cooperative arrangement between the four Riverland Schools and the TAFE SA Manufacturing, Engineering and Transport (MET) program.

The two-year course, which commences at Waikerie High School, includes a strong focus on electronics and electrical fundamentals.

After six months study, the students transition to the TAFE SA Berri Campus where the newly opened Riverland Trade Training Centre provides some of the latest technology to enrich this course.

The Certificate II in Renewable Energy offered at TAFE SA Berri Campus provides training that is ideally suited to the many career options available, including electricians and refrigeration/air-conditioning technicians. The centre provides local training for 25 apprentices, negating the necessity to travel to Adelaide for off-the job training.  

Glossop High School students Callum Hammerstein and Alex Spriggs are in their second year of the Vocational Educational Training (VET) study and will seek an apprenticeship position at a second-year level when they complete their training at the end of the year.

“I like the wide variety of information that we work with, including having the ability to independently complete lectures and workbooks over the internet on the TAFE SA Moodle site,” said Callum.

“The practical work that we are currently doing is very interesting and I am learning everything from base house wiring through to large scale solar installation.”

Alex, who would like to get an electrical apprenticeship when he finishes his school studies, said that the technology available at the Riverland Trade Training Centre was state-of-the-art, and he enjoyed the practical work involved with the course.

Dean Smart, TAFE SA Lecturer for Electro-technology and Renewable Energy studies said, “As part of the Certificate II in Renewable Energy course, students learn about wind and solar power generation and how to design and construct electric vehicles.”

“At the completion of the course, students are job ready at the level of a second-year apprentice, and employers have the benefit of a more skilled worker requiring less time away from work to attend theory studies.”

For more information about the Certificate II in Renewable Energy contact Clint Frankel at the Trades School for the Future office on 8595 2677.