Prisoners learning tyre fitting to fill skills shortage
TWELVE prisoners at the Maryborough Correctional Centre will have new mechanical skills and a better chance of finding a job when they return to society.
Last Monday, thanks to support from local businesses and shortage of skills in the tyre industry, the centre was able to start a tyre-fitting course.
Offender development manager Darren Ball said the course would give prisoners a Certificate II in Automotive Services Technology.
"It's all about getting them working and giving them the best opportunity to be employed once they leave," he said.
"We work with them to hopefully give them the skills to get a job so they don't re-offend."
Greentech industries have lent a tyre changer and wheel balancer worth around $40,000 to the program.
Bridgestone Tyres Hervey Bay and Maryborough general manager Jason Livingston will spend time at the prison to teach inmates.
It will take the class 60 hours over eight days to complete.