A Buzz of activity at Beswick’s Men’s Shed 

There has been a lot of great work going on at Beswick men’s work shed. First up the fellas have been busy using their fabrication and welding skills to build a new kitchen for the work shed for the upcoming Basic Healthy Cooking Program.  

It was great to see the skills the guys learnt from the past training being put on show here and we were impressed by their workmanship and pride they put into the project.

As well as this, we started a Certificate I in Automotive with 14 keen men from Beswick. The Batchelor Institute ran our first sessions in our shed and everyone was engaged and learnt a lot.   

This certification will give the fellas the skills to use automotive tools, service and repair vehicles and start a career pathway in the automotive industry. 

But the work and training doesn’t stop there, the team have also finished their Small Engine Training with the Batchelor Institute. 

The fellas learnt how engines work, general maintenance, trouble shooting, basic vehicle electronic servicing and much more!  

We work with small engines most days so these skills will be put to good use and help us keep our machinery running smoothly. 

A valuable partnership we have that enables local people to upskill, get certified and engage in education is with the Batchelor Institute.   

They are the only First Nations dual sector tertiary education provider in Australia and lucky for us, they’re based in the Northern Territory!   

This means we’re able to bring their trainers into community to provide hands-on courses and teaching.  

What certifications we select comes down to co-design and community need.   

We ask our clients what they’re interested in learning and what skills are needed to contribute to their communities, as well as enhance their job-readiness.   

We then sit down with the Batchelor Institute and map out what is available and our schedule for the coming 6-12 months.   

We appreciate their knowledge of remote communities and Indigenous learners, and their flexibility with delivering their courses.