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Roofing trades help raise skills at CDU

By Leanne Miles

Third year apprentices Sharali Mahomet, Jason Holtham (front) and Daniel De Palma construct a mock-up roof on campus Third year apprentices Sharali Mahomet, Jason Holtham (front) and Daniel De Palma construct a mock-up roof on campus

With squally storms and cyclones a constant threat to Top End homes, trade lecturers at Charles Darwin University are doing their part to keep residents and their most prized possessions safe this wet season.

VET Lecturer in Plumbing Services Mark Ashton said 10 third year apprentices had completed the final practical component of a Certificate III in Roof Plumbing by constructing a mock-up roof on campus.

He said the 5x5 metre roof that took shape on CDU’s Casuarina campus was modelled on that of a three bedroom house, with some interesting design angles specifically for Top End conditions.

“Particularly at this time of year when roofs have all sorts of weather thrown at them, including the potential for a cyclone, it is vital that these apprentices know how to deal with Territory weather conditions,” Mr Ashton said.

“As part of the course they learn how to deal with the stronger type of materials required to install a roof that meets cyclone code standards. They may also need to repair an old roof in unsettled conditions after storms, so safety is paramount.”

Mr Ashton said the roofing qualification was a component of the Certificate III in Plumbing Services that qualified apprentices to work on residential projects. He said some of the apprentices had already completed the extra units required to qualify them to work on commercial projects.

For further information about CDU Vocational Education and Training visit W: cdu.edu.au/cdu-vet/trades/construction-drafting-industry