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NMIT VCAL students create 'Greenhouse Effect' at local school

25 Mar 2013

NMIT VCAL 'Ticket to a Trade' students celebrated the fruits of their training and efforts today at a local Heidelberg school - St Pius X Primary School.

The NMIT students and some of their teachers from NMIT's Youth Unit and Trades program areas dropped into St Pius X this morning to mark the completion of a number of projects at the School.

In 2010 our students worked with St Pius staff and students on developing facilities for the School's Edible Garden Project. This year our students returned to help the school erect a greenhouse and construct a chicken coup.

Around 30 NMIT VCAL Foundation, Intermediate and Senior Students participating in the 'Ticket to a Trade' program were involved in the St Pius projects. The NMIT students were aged between 15 and 18 years old.

The 'Ticket to a Trade' program is “like a taster program where students get to try a variety of trades while completing their VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning),” says NMIT Youth Unit staff member, Vicki Rose.

The students spend one semester completing the Ticket to a Trade program and then complete their VCAL qualification during a second semester which comprises a Pre-apprenticeship (Certificate II) program at NMIT. During their 'Ticket to a Trade' students get a taste of the skills required for a wide range of trades including metal work, landscaping, roof tiling, carpentry, joinery, furniture making, plumbing, bricklaying, floor and wall tiling, plastering and painting. This helps them to make an informed decision about what pre-apprenticeship (and ultimately which formal apprenticeship) stream to choose.

“Eighty percent of our 'Ticket to a Trade students are going on to a Pre-apprenticeship program at NMIT,” said Ms Rose.

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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 seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, 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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