As part of the apprentice training at tafeSA Gilles Plains I have set up a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/beckett5361?ref=tn_tnmn. The first reaction shows real promise, a post of some work completed by a student and almost instantly the engagement began. The post read the best example of this project by a student in 7 years. The response, while a bit inflated “And that’s how it’s done people!” showed the first sign of pride in achievement.
Secondly the profile picture on one student showed him playing a guitar, a conversation began about music and guitars. A small but positive start to the engagement process and as a result this group of apprentices has a more defined relationship with each other and me and as they move through the experience of training and becoming the professional tradespeople, employers and builders that association should offer them industry contacts, mentors and support.
A better start to this project I could not have asked for… “Unless you try you never succeed, unless you fail your not really trying…”