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WORLD NEWS 17
Army June 9, 2011
By Lt Matt Schroff
TWENTY-two students became
the newest members of the
Uruzgan workforce after grad-
uating from the Provincial
Reconstruction Team's (PRT)
trade training school on May 7.
Under the guidance of Afghan
and Australian instructors, the
students completed the three-
month basic course focusing on
skilled trades such as carpentry,
plumbing and concreting.
PRT Senior Project Engineer
Capt Ryan Orders said the stu-
dents were just getting started.
"What's going to happen next
is they'll go back to their families,
but we've introduced them to the
contractors in the local area," he
"This will give them an oppor-
tunity to establish a connection
with the construction industry. I'm
confident that those who are inter-
ested will be able to secure jobs."
The students are also literally
handed the tools for success upon
receiving their diplomas, as they
each receive a bag full of the most
common tools they can expect to
use on a typical construction site.
"It gives the students an
immediate opportunity for
employment, which is a major
concern in the area for the young
people," Capt Orders said.
"It also develops the basic
trade industry -- the construc-
tion industry is very important in
Training trade off
Ismatullah Ismat, a recent grad-
uate of the school, said he came to
improve his carpentry skills, but
ended up learning a lot more.
"I really like the carpentry,"
Mr Ismat said.
"I'm going to keep going
with carpentry, do some work in
town or on the base, and do some
work with contractors in roofing
As well as teaching students
trade skills, the school also main-
tains contacts with many of the
local construction companies and
Each time a class graduates,
there are typically three or four
local contractors who participate
in the ceremony and stay to talk
with the graduates afterwards.
Mohammad Akbar, who works
with the construction company
WNEG, said the trade school was
a good source of workers.
"As an engineer, I'd really like
to get some of these students to
work with me," he said.
"We have a problem on jobs
because there is not skilled labour
in town. We need guys for the
roofing jobs and concrete, plumb-
ing and steel fixing."
Ready to work: A trade training school graduate receives his diploma from instructor LCpl Shawn
James as Capt Ryan Orders looks on.
Photo by US Air Force Senior Airman DeAndre Curtiss
DEFENCE personnel, contractors and civilians who
underwent minor surgical procedures at the ADF
Health Facility at Al Minhad Air Base between
February 2009 and August 2010 have been requested
to contact their local Defence medical facility or
general practitioner after an issue with a steriliser
was recently identified.
An assessment found the administration of the steri-
liser's records was not carried out in accordance with
As such there was no guarantee that some instruments
within the health facility were sterilised effectively.
Defence is unable to identify all individuals who had
minor surgical procedures performed as in some cases
administrative records regarding minor procedures were
not maintained except on personal health records.
However, surgical instruments were thoroughly
cleaned and put through a six-layer process, making it
unlikely for infectious agents to survive.
Since the issue was identified the steriliser has been
returned to Australia and tested.
The steriliser was found to be operating in accord-
ance with Australian standards and full sterilisation was
achieved during the testing process.
More information is available at www.defence.gov.au/health
SOLDIERS deployed on operations across the globe
answered the Salvation Army's call and started col-
lecting donations for the Red Shield Appeal before
and during the weekend door knock of May 28-29.
Full details of funds donated by ADF personnel were
still being calculated as Army went to print.
The ADF and Salvation Army have maintained
strong links for decades and the close relationship
has helped generate support for the charity. The red
shield badge was worn by volunteers who provided
welfare during both world wars.
Answering the call
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