Trade a labour of love
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.