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Jenny Macklin MP meets NMIT Heidelberg apprentices

23 Mar 2013

Jenny Macklin MP, the Federal Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, called in to NMIT's Heidelberg campus this morning to say hello to NMIT apprentices starting or resuming their formal trade training after the summer break.

The Federal Member for Jagajaga met and chatted with Certificate II in Carpentry pre-apprentices working on a variety of projects in one of the many carpentry classrooms at Heidelberg before heading over to the main building barn to meet Certificate III in Building and Construction (Carpentry) apprentices.

From there Ms Macklin toured NMIT's Heidelberg plumbing and gas fitting facilities where she said “Hi” to a class of apprentices learning about the commissioning of a gas appliance before venturing across the sands of the trench practice pit where plumbing apprentices were learning the correct method for the safe digging of plumbing trenches and laying drainage pipes. The Minister stopped to chat to apprentices and NMIT plumbing teacher, Brent Comerford.

Final stop was the NMIT locksmithing workshop where the Minister chatted and observed locksmithing apprentices busy with key production in Victoria's only locksmithing apprentice training facility.

“It was great of have our local federal minster out to Heidelberg to observe, first hand, some of the great skills training and facilities that NMIT provides to the industries and communities of Melbourne's north,” said NMIT Associate Director - Faculty of Engineering, Bruce Burns.

See Photo Gallery: Minister Jenny Macklin visits trade apprentices at Heidelberg

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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