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All systems go! TJW young adults are work-ready through TAFE automotive course

13 Dec 2016

Above: Director of Manufacturing & Transport TAFE SWSi, Terry Saunby, presenting young adults at The Junction Works their TAFE Certifications.  
Young adults with a disability in The Junction Works’ Work Ready Program have been equipped with practical skills, after having recently completed an automotive course at Wetherill Park TAFE.


Each participant had the opportunity to complete the Vocational and Community Engagement (Automotive) Course at TAFE South West Sydney Institute, which covered training on motor mechanics as well as theory components in numeracy, literacy and language.

The course aimed to engage and inspire the participating individuals to follow their interests, take on new challenges and immerse themselves in a mainstream and inclusive learning environment. 

“It’s been great to see the guys having fun and doing what most would never get a chance to do,” said Peter Hourigan, Work Ready Coordinator at The Junction Works. 

Included in the training were a series of tasks that required the guys to correctly identify tools, demonstrate an understanding of safety procedures, operate engine components and dismantle motors, each with the assistance of TAFE instructors. 

“The guys really enjoyed the course and I would like to see some go on to complete further training,” said Peter.

“Learning in a TAFE environment has really benefited them socially. It’s important for these students to have these opportunities to achieve their goals and feel accomplished.”

The course formally concluded with the awarding of graduation certificates to each of the guys by Terry Saunby, Director of the Manufacturing and Transport Faculty at TAFE SWSi, as well as TAFE instructor Petar Maletin.  

“I loved the course, it was good fun learning about the cars. I made lots of new friends from other service centres,” said Peter Pang, a young adult supported in the Work Ready Program who attended the course.

Operating at Voyager Point, The Junction Works’ Work Ready Program assists young adults with a disability to make the right choices about their future by improving their abilities, independence and increasing their community participation.

The Program seeks to maximise the potential of these young adults, a number of whom will go on to gain part-time employment after learning the skills required for work or tertiary study arrangements – such as problem solving, team work, goal setting, budgeting and rights and responsibilities.  

The Junction Works would like to thank Petar Maletin, Terry Saunby and all of the staff at TAFE SWSi for making a difference in the lives of young adults with a disability.

You can see our short video of the TJW Work Ready guys at Wetherill Park TAFE by CLICKING HERE

Below: TAFE SWSi Instructor Petar Maletin with the guys during their course training.