BGC Cement has partnered with Thornlie Senior High School to deliver a vocational training program for Year 11 students enrolled in a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways.

Students are required to undertake a work placement of two weeks, in addition to the site visit to BGC Cement, as part of the partnership which is now in its second year.

BGC Cement Health, Safety and Environment Manager Jim Stevenson said the partnership with BGC Cement enables the students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the safety standards required in the industry, which further prepares them to join the workplace after school.

“The visit to BGC Cement includes a site induction and plant walk-through, an opportunity to assist with conducting a safety inspection, and a Q&A session from the General Manager,” he said.

“The experience provides the students with a different perspective on how businesses manage safety in the industry.

“We’re pleased to have hosted 25 students this year and look forward to continuing our partnership.”

The Certificate training delivered through the school is tailored to prepare the students for any trade occupation, including links to the metal fabrication trade sector. Completing the course can reduce the duration of an apprenticeship by one year.

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