ASGA's Sign industry taster courses were held in Queensland and South Australia in October and November. Co-ordinated by ASGA Education Sub-Committee Chair, Damian Nielsen, and ASGA’s industry education liaison managers, AusSIP, the taster courses were over a year in the making from the initial strategy stage to gathering names at career expos across Australia and co-ordinating with various stakeholders to produce and host the content. 

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John Williams of Sign Essentials Qld demonstrates the Impact Thunder CNC to interested students
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Cameron Garrett, TAFE Qld with student

The Queensland course was run by TAFE Queensland Southbank with TAFE teachers Cameron Garrett and Duncan Marsden and included visits to CV Media & Signage and Sign Essentials. The visit to CV Media & Signage included an apprentice session with 1st year apprentice, Cassie Nitshke.

The South Australian course was run by TAFE SA Tonsley with TAFE teachers Steve Fogarty and Angelo Kontibas and included a visit to Sign Concepts.

The young attendees were treated to an exciting couple of days of learning, with hands-on activities, such as sign painting, light box building and exercises with sign industry specific software applications; equipment demos and site visits to sign businesses.

“The students that attended the courses came away with a greater appreciation and enthusiasm for the sign industry,” said Nielsen.

“Only days after the course was held, an attendee from the Queensland course was inquiring with AusSIP about a sign industry apprenticeship, which is a great result.

“ASGA is committed to helping address the issue of sign industry labour market shortages and will continue its work in raising the profile of the sign industry among school leavers, with more taster courses planned in 2023 across Western Australia and the eastern states.”

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Steve Fogarty, TAFE SA, with student
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ASGA SA Rep and owner of Sign Concepts,

SA, Julie Rochester talks metal fabrication

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