A BIT EXTRA
Victoria University Polytechnic Certificate III in Civil Construction [Road Stream] course tutor Mark Grimes (right) says he is very pleased with the brand new fleet of Case machinery to use on campus and that he has students from a good mix of backgrounds enrolled.
“Some of my students are young and straight out of school effectively and others are older and looking for a career change, so that’s really encouraging to see,” he reveals. “I try to teach them a little more than most training organisations. They get their tickets but also everything right through to the safe operation of basic power tools and calculating loads manually, and I think that’s important. I am really pleased to have the eight-tonne excavator because that’s a little larger than most training organisations use and that will give our students a bit of extra confidence in being used to operating machines larger than five tonnes.”
Case Victoria territory manager Nick Colbert (left) says it’s a privilege to be working with Sadler and the wider Victoria University Polytechnic team and supporting them in their efforts to train and upskill the next generation of construction industry leaders. “It’s a relationship that goes both ways,” Colbert explains. “We get the benefit of their land and training facilities and they have our full support and backup as a reliable and responsive equipment supplier.”
Case Victoria and the Polytechnic teamed up back in March to host the institution’s inaugural open day, where people within the construction industry and the wider community were invited to experience what the Polytechnic is doing in a fully interactive way.
“We will be doing this open-day type industry showcase every year and it’s a great way to engage with people from outside the Polytechnic community and for them to showcase the new 52-hectare campus, which is really impressive,” Colbert says. “We are really thrilled to have won the tender and to be working with them to bring through that next generation of construction professionals.”
Sadler shares that sentiment; saying the turn out to the Victoria University Polytechnic showcase event in March this year was impressive, with local politicians and an estimated 300 industry representatives in attendance and Case playing its part with an impressive array of the latest machinery on demonstration on-site. The first round of Cert IV Civil Construction graduates will graduate from in November this year, and you can be sure that Earthmovers & Excavators magazine will be at the Victoria University Polytechnic for the occasion.