John Green is very passionate about training locals, saying he’d give anyone a go – regardless of qualification or age, providing they’ve got an appetite to learn and will stick with it. John’s own son, Jack Green, sought to complete a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (MEM30305), swiftly, and TAFE Queensland was able to accommodate this, in addition to providing traditionally-paced training to his other apprentices.
TAFE Queensland operated flexibly, progressing Jack Green through his qualification within two years as opposed to the typical four (years), ensuring his absolute competency along the way.
“I think it's a smart move for TAFE Queensland to accommodate those kids who are passionate about their trade and are keen to complete their training early, which is what Jack's done. They still have to get through and pass everything to be signed off as competent,” commented John.
"I've never had any problem from any workers who have been through TAFE Queensland. My qualified diesel fitters went through TAFE and I've got two kids signed up for diesel fitting in school-based apprenticeships at the moment,” John said.
“I want to continue to work with TAFE Queensland in Mount Isa to find suitable locals who want to become tradesmen/women. I'm passionate about Cloncurry and about building local kids from the ground up,” John said.