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Apprentices Allesandro and Michael from Penfold Marine

Ensuring the quality of work

Penfold Marine is a family owned and operated business located on the waterfront at Williamstown. As a repair business a broad range of skills are required utilising fibreglass, wood and aluminium work.

Roger Penfold grew up in the family business, starting out as an apprentice. He believes that training is essential to maintain credibility and deliver the quality demanded by his customers. Roger is committed to training and qualifications and has two apprentices, Michael and Allessandro. So when Victoria University ceased to deliver the marine craft construction training, Roger needed to ensure they could gain relevant skills and complete the apprenticeship.

Although no longer enrolling new students, Victoria University is continuing to assist their students to gain the qualification they started by working with other training providers.

Michael had completed most of his apprenticeship training at Victoria University. With only one unit outstanding, Kangan Institute conducted the final assessment in the workplace at Penfold Marine. Michael will receive a credit transfer and his Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction will be granted by Victoria University.

Allessandro has completed about 2/3 of his apprenticeship training so when Phil Bovis from Kangan Institute reviewed his training plan, the discussion centred on the best choice of electives. Roger and Allessandro chose a group of metal engineering units to broaden his exposure to working with sheet metal. Allessandro plans to complete his training by the end of the year. He will then receive a credit transfer for his study with Kangan Institute and be awarded the Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction from Victoria University.

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