Certificate II in Construction students at Mudgee TAFE have hit the nail on the head with the design and construction of a new outdoor animal kennel that will benefit animal studies students.
Lisa Tubnor, Animal Studies teacher, said the project was initiated after they received new animal cages to assist with the development of animal handling and hygiene skills for students.
"The idea of an outdoor kennel run constructed by TAFE NSW students made sense as the project would be mutually beneficial for both groups of students," Ms Tubnor said.
"The outdoor enclosure will help increase the students knowledge in different environments for animals along with learning the required skills to maintain an outdoor animal area correctly. This is a wonderful opportunity to diversify the hands-on learning environment students study in at TAFE NSW."
Construction student, Brydie Knihinicki, said she really enjoyed working on a real project during her construction course.
"By working on the project, I have developed hands-on skills in construction, bricklaying and concreting. It has also been rewarding to see our design brought to life," Ms Knihinicki said. "It's great that we have been able to put our new skills to use and other TAFE NSW students are able to benefit from our efforts."
TAFE NSW research and the Department of Jobs and Small Business reports suggest that now is the perfect time to be considering a career in either construction or animal care industries with 38 per cent of job vacancies unable to be filled in 2018 in the construction industry and 12,000 new job openings for animal attendants expected in Australia over the next five years.
To find out more about construction and animal care courses available for semester two enrolment at Mudgee TAFE, phone 13 16 01 or visit tafensw.edu.au