Trade a labour of love

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

FOR six Year 11 stu­dents at El­len­brook Sec­ondary Col­lege, brick­lay­ing has be­come a labour of love.

They show­cased their emerg­ing abil­i­ties in the WorldSkills re­gional com­pe­ti­tions at the Skill­sWest Ca­reers Expo, a free event at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre this month.

El­len­brook Sec­ondary Col­lege de­sign tech­nol­ogy teacher Jeff Im­rie said the six stu­dents were en­rolled in the school’s VET course in part­ner­ship with reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Ever­thought Ed­u­ca­tion.

The stu­dents are Nathan Bar­clay, Ben­jamin Craig, Duan Du­ven­hage, Keanu Kaukasi, Seth Oliver and Michael Tier­neyMoore.

“They are very keen young peo­ple who are not fright­ened of some hard work,” he said.

“They are pur­su­ing ca­reers in brick­lay­ing be­cause it is a sat­is­fy­ing hands-on oc­cu­pa­tion where they can work to­wards very ful­fill­ing ca­reers in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“I of­ten tell the stu­dents that in years to come – even when they are grand­fa­thers – they will be able to drive past build­ings they have worked on and have the sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing they built them to last as mon­u­ments of their trade.”

VET co-or­di­na­tor Deb­bie Har­ris, stu­dents Nathan Bar­clay, Duan Du­ven­hage, Michael Tier­ney-Moore, Seth Oliver, Keanu Kaukasi and Ben­jamin Craig and de­sign and tech­nol­ogy teacher Jeff Im­rie.

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