May 13, 2011 at 1:29 am #254997Michael1973Member
So I want to diversify a little bit. I have a good career in an applied science field but that wont be the most usefull skill set in our inevitable simplified future society. I would like to undertake study in fitting and turning and machining, woodwork to fuel an interest in gunsmithing. I have searched through the local tafes for night classes but unless you are looking for bookeeping or photography there is nothing on offer. Could any one offer suggestions onwhere i could seek out after hours or weekend training.May 13, 2011 at 2:41 am #496436bluezbanditMember
Here in Tasmania we have Men’s Sheds in country areas and its a place for older guy to teach younger ones their woodworking skills. I know they make toys for kids as the practice these skills and donate them to the community. Its also a good place for men to go to get things off their chest by talking to each other over their wood turning and carpentry and its supported by mental health people. Maybe there might be something like that where you are,
DebMay 13, 2011 at 2:54 am #496437pennyMember
Don’t limit your search to TAFE etc. I found a private W/working school that provides good training at a reasonable price and after doing a basic course I can now use their workshop and big machinery at a cheap hourly rate and there is always someone to assist with problems. They also regularly provide free short courses. The best investment ever.May 14, 2011 at 2:46 am #496438WombatMember
I don’t know if they still do it, but take used to have a course called “workshop practice” (I think)and you basically got access to their metalworking machine workshpp and a teacher to teach you what you want to learn. I effectively did the first year of a fitting andm machining apprentice course, but that was some years ago.
NevMay 14, 2011 at 2:46 am #496439WombatMember
BTW M1973, love the Landrover!
NevMay 14, 2011 at 3:37 am #496440Michael1973Member
Thanks for that, she is a 1949 80 inch series one. Undergoing a slow resto. Her much newer descendant sits in my driveway as well (series 3 ex mil FFR). 😛May 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm #496441GrethMember
You are a bit far away, DH’s work is seeking an apprentice now!May 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm #496442cabooltureseedsaversMember
Try up at the Caboolture Historical Village (just past the showgrounds) there is a wood turners club that runs out of there. They are always looking for new people. Last I heard they meet every mon,tues, wed and Sat 8-12 am and on the 2nd and 4th Thurs 6-9pm.
Hope this helps.June 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm #496443Dav-eMember
The men’s shed initiative is excellent. It has been good that there has been a lot of media coverage on them recently. It is a great way to learn valuable skills from ones with great experience, while supporting members of the community that need a hand.
Another avenue that is worthwhile keeping an eye on is on private colleges and courses that may be opening up soon. On the 03/06/2011 it was reported that Queensland state government will announce grants of up to two million dollars for groups and companies to train up ones fro trade and industry so that in the future there are enough skilled workers.
In my humble opinion both avenues are good options, you would probably get a more varied and satisfying experience at the Men’s shed, but a more complete and systematic education at a group or company. You would probably need more time management skills at the education group, and according to your work profile you would have no problem with that. But if you need help with time management have a look at this article http://www.bundyspecialists.com.au/time-clocks-faq.php?FAQ=What-are-the-top-10-time-management-tips. My boss always get’s us to read articles like this, and I liked this one.
I will keep an eye out as I am also always trying to expand my skills.June 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm #496444RobyneMember
In SA the place at Gumaraca with the big horse runs work shops through Centerlink but you don’t have to have the benifit to go along, they have outlets around the place.
A lot of church groups run classes. We have all sorts down here. I learnt leather craft, and upholstry, a friend did furniture making,
Son is looking a career change as he’s fed up with retail, My neices both study at home
there is lots out there just google a interest and the area you are in and see what comes up ot the library/council is a good place to check out or they might be able to point you int he direction you want to go.
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