House that students built

A FOUR-bedroom house built by Miller TAFE carpentry students is the new home for a family with special needs.

The brick-veneer dwelling in Heckenberg was fitted with wheelchair accessible ramps, showers, light switches and door handles.

The project was completed by 15 pre-apprenticeship students from Miller College. It was a key component of their 12-month course, as well as being part of a building project for Housing NSW.

Many of the students had no building experience and completed on the job training, including framing, fitting-out, landscaping, paving, fencing and concreting.

TAFE teacher Matt Lloyd said the course was designed to give students industry experience and helped give them a head start in their career.

"It's great to watch these young people develop new skills, and we've been lucky enough to see a large number of them go on to gain an apprenticeship," he said.

"The house looks fantastic and is the largest one to date, our students should be very proud of their hard work."

Student Julio Gomez said the skills he gained from the program had helped him land his first job the building industry.

"The program was great because we had the opportunity to work on a full-size house, and experience what it is like to work on a building site," he said. "I've been offered an apprenticeship thanks to this."

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