BlueScope launches pilot program to build skills across the Illawarra

November 19th, 2017

BlueScope has undertaken a pilot program with TAFE NSW Carpentry, Wollongong, to upskill the next generation of builders and frame fitters.

The pilot program, developed by TAFE educators and BlueScope, gave students enrolled in the Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate II in Construction hands-on experience cutting and installing building frames made from TRUECORE® steel. This took place on a project commissioned by the Wollongong City Council.

Lisa Dent, Manager Marketing and Market Development at BlueScope, said: “Over recent years we’ve seen a growing interest in lightweight, precision engineered and efficient frames made from TRUECORE® steel”.

“This increase in the use of frames made from TRUECORE® steel means we want to help upskill the industry and make sure the next generations of builders have the correct skill set to transition into the workforce,” she added.

Mark Rowley, Head Teacher of Certificate II in Construction at TAFE NSW, Wollongong campus, said: 
“We’ve been working with the Wollongong City Council for the past 12 years to build transportable holiday park cabins as part of the student curriculum. 

“In the past, we’ve always used wooden frames so the students really enjoyed working with TRUECORE® steel.

“The frames made from TRUECORE® steel were quick to erect, and pre-fabrication and modern fixing techniques made construction simple. Our construction time was reduced and there was minimal on-site waste,” Rowley concluded.

Amy Sirc, student of Certificate II in Construction at TAFE NSW, Wollongong campus, said: "The program was great. The steel frames were easy to put together and lightweight, which meant that to erect them onsite only required a few people.”

The TRUECORE® steel frames were manufactured and supplied by Fortitude Frames.  For more information about Fortitude Frames and to see more examples of what they’ve been working on, visit their website.

TRUECORE® steel is backed by BlueScope's 50-year warranty in residential applications, subject to application and eligibility criteria*. TRUECORE® steel is strong and durable, lightweight and termite proof. 

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