This year Brisbane High Schools are piloting the first RenoV8 program which sees Hardware Australia’s tailored hardware training program becoming part of the Year 12 studies for students.
The program, facilitated in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, is focused on introducing new entrants into the retail hardware industry through a 12 month program. The pilot commenced in February with nine students from schools across Brisbane and is being well received by the students and schools.
The students attend one day per week at NRA’s specialised training rooms for 20 weeks and will go out to work placements for a further 15 weeks, after which they will graduate with a Certificate II in Retail Services (Hardware) and have practical application of the training in a real world environment.
As part of the training, Hardware Australia are undertaking a range of store and site visits to allow the student to physically apply the training to actual hardware stores.
Hardware Australia’s Executive Officer Scott Wiseman says “the program is a huge step forward for the industry and has put hardware careers at the forefront of conversations, alongside the traditional trades and professions. It is very exciting and has massive potential nationally”.
Hardware Australia works closely with the NRA, representing the interests of the retail hardware industry. To find out more or offer your store as a potential site visit please contact Hardware Australia on 1800 44 55 22.