The 2019 Multi Trades class graduated at a ceremony held at the Westland Hotel at the end of December. The Multi Trades program focuses on basic skills that prepare people for work, supported by mentoring.

During 2016 RDAWEP worked with members of the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Heavy Industry Cluster, TAFE SA and the Department of State Development (DSD) to establish a Multi Trades vocational training program. The program involves training combined with supervised industry work placement to develop practical skills.

Participants enrol for a one year program that includes full-time face-to-face training and supervised work placement. It has been developed primarily for heavy industry and supply chain businesses operating in manufacturing.

Last years Multi Trades program commenced in February 2019 with 28 students enrolled. At the end of December, there were 11 students still studying in the program, four students in Electrical and seven students in Mechanical Engineering.

By the end of the program 20 students graduated.  Nine of the students studied both the Electrical and Mechanical components and received academical transcripts for both components, seven students completed the Engineering component, and four students completed the Electrical component.  Nine students have gained employment so far giving the program a positive outcome.