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Charity floored by enthusiastic apprentices

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Our apprentices have transformed the floor of a foster home at Parkerville Children and Youth Care.

  • The community project provided apprentices with ‘on the job’ experience through a live work environment
  • Flooring is one of the six ‘craft trades’ that have returned to WA as part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to apprenticeship and traineeship delivery.

North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) has partnered with the Floor Covering Institute of Australia (FCIA) to offer 13 apprentices a unique training opportunity to refurbish the flooring of a foster care home at Parkerville Children and Youth Care.

Certificate III in Flooring Technology (MSF30813) students laid brand new carpet, carpet tiles, vinyl planks and sheet vinyl in the foyer, hall, lounge, dining, kitchen, carers room and five bedrooms at the foster care residence - at absolutely no cost to Parkerville.

Acting Director Out of Home Services for Parkerville Children and Youth Care Johnny Rylatt said he was overwhelmed with the high standard of work and professionalism demonstrated by the students during the project.

“The flooring looks fantastic and the children and their carers who call this place home will be delighted with the result. 

“The monetary value of this project to Parkerville equates to psychotherapy for five children in need over a whole year so that is a wonderful outcome for the service,” he said.FCIA Group small.jpg

31-year old apprentice Alex McLean from Carpet Court in Bunbury said the project was very beneficial and rewarding: “We were given clear and detailed instructions by our trainers and we were mentored from start to finish to make sure that we were completing the job to an excellent standard, whilst picking up the skills we needed along the way.”

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training Samantha Rowe MLC attended a formal handover event at Parkerville Children and Youth Care on Friday 15 February to acknowledge the work of the apprentices and thank the alliance of stakeholders.

“The McGowan Government is committed to supporting craft trades to ensure these industries can grow and continue to provide employment opportunities for Western Australians,” she said.


Top Flooring apprentices with NMTAFE MD Michelle Hoad; Parliamentary Secretary Samantha Rowe MLC, Garry Thomas (FCIA) and Kay Gerard (Food, Fibre & Timber Industry Training Council WA).

Right (L to R) NMTAFE MD Michelle Hoad, Parliamentary Secretary Samantha Rowe MLC, Alex McLean (Apprentice), Ian Ciesla (NMTAFE Lecturer) and Garry Thomas (FCIA).

Page last updated February 26, 2019