Apprentice Shuji Tanizeki is studying through an innovative approach with JM Kelly’s companies.
Apprentice Shuji Tanizeki is studying through an innovative approach with JM Kelly’s companies. Sharyn Oneill Roksjmk

JM Kelly steps in to teach trades

JM KELLY'S group of companies' innovative approach towards apprenticeships will have more tradespeople learning in their workplaces.

The company's manager of human resources and training Dr Simon Watkins said, through agreements with TAFE, they provided much of the training that TAFE formerly did.

"Our sheet-metal workers no longer attend TAFE at all, our carpenters will only attend at the end of their time and we are moving into our own training for cabinet-makers, plumbers and refrigeration mechanics ... it is more about flexibility."

Shuji Tanizeki is one of 21 new apprentices who are part of the new teaching regime.

The 18-year-old started a cabinet-making apprenticeship three months ago at Kawana Kitchens.

More than 500 trades people have been trained by JM Kelly in the past 50 years.



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