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Army February 2, 2012
Maj Lachlan Simond
FIVE years ago, when the Tarin Kot
Trade Training School began under a
tent in the harsh Afghan winter, it was
immediately popular with the young
men of the area.
Najeeb, the school's translator, was
one of many early students who went on
to become an instructor at the school.
"I was employed on the base as a
labourer and when the Australians real-
ised I could speak good English, they
encouraged me to attend," he said.
"Very soon I was the school translator.
This job has really changed my life and
the life of many local men."
Established by the Australian 1RTF in
2006, the school was designed to train the
young men of the district in basic trade
skills such as carpentry, painting, concret-
ing, plumbing and tiling.
All these skills were needed by the
construction companies which were being
contracted by the coalition to redevelop
"Many local men and boys have been
through the school and have used their
new skills to get employment and to
improve their homes and their family's
homes," Najeeb said. "The school is also
very good for building a good relationship
with the people of Tarin Kot."
Within a few months of opening, the
school was moved to a purpose-built facil-
ity on what is now Multinational Base
Tarin Kot, where it trained more than 700
locals in the ensuing five years.
The school is now run by the
Australian-led Provincial Reconstruction
Team and recently broadened its courses
to include Afghan National Army engi-
neers to maintain their bases and check-
As the school celebrates five produc-
tive years, plans are under way for a reun-
ion, bringing back past students to share
their successes and experiences with the
growing group of "tradies" in Tarin Kot.
Graduates return to pass on experience
Building experience: Carpenter Najibullah proudly displays the tools he received on graduation from
the basic carpentry course. Inset, Spr Brent Harris hands Abdul Hamid his graduation certificate for the
basic carpentry, plumbing, construction, tilling, painting, roofing and framing courses at the Tarin Kot Trade
Photos by Cpl Raymond Vance
THE streets of Uruzgan are set for an
upgrade with Afghan officials signing
contracts to begin repairing or building
more than 15km of roads throughout the
About $40,000 was provided by the
Australian Government through AusAID
to help local communities upgrade their
AusAID representative Richelle Tickle
said the project would assist long-term
stability in Uruzgan and Afghanistan.
"By providing roads and employment
to the people of Uruzgan, we are making
a tangible difference in their lives and
connecting them to their government
and provincial centres," she said.
The contracts are part of a broader
AusAID-funded program, which is
fixing seven roads and two bridges
Roads project to
in Uruzgan, in partnership with the
Afghan Government and United
At the table: AusAID representative
Richelle Tickle discusses the roads
contracts with local leaders.
Road to recovery: The AusAID funding will be used to upgrade several local
roads and bridges throughout Uruzgan province.
Photos by Cpl Raymond Vance
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