COMPLETING the Newleaf Green Wings Certificate II in Construction Pathways course was a life-changing experience for 16-year-old Bonnyrigg resident Adam Khamis.
He and 10 others recently celebrated their graduation from the 14-week program which aims to equip students with a range of skills relating to the building industry.
Included is introductory level training on workplace safety, a focus on equipment and tool use, and information about working safely at heights, basic levelling procedures, and interpreting plans and specifications.
Adam said he was thrilled to learn new skills in carpentry.
"I learned the names of tools, how to speak better English conversationally — because English is not my first language. I also learned to use basic carpentry tools such as a saw and nail gun, and I also got hands-on experience by helping a guy do the doors and windows," he said.
"I didn't expect myself to get to where I am now. I can make, measure, cut in centimetres and metres. It's really good."
Adam hopes to one day hold a licence in either carpentry or plumbing.