KIDS TRY A TRADE

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree joshua.macree@west­ern­starnews.com

ROMA stu­dents con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in con­struc­tion sam­pled a range of in­dus­try op­tions at a spe­cial Con­struc­tion Skills Queens­land Try’a Trade event on Wed­nes­day.

Around 35 high school stu­dents from Roma State Col­lege and St John’s Catholic School vis­ited TAFE Queens­land’s Roma cam­pus to get a taste of brick­lay­ing, car­pen­try, con­struc­tion steel­work and elec­tri­cal work.

From learn­ing to lay a brick wall and build­ing an elec­tri­cal cir­cuit, to con­struct­ing tim­ber frames and weld­ing pip­ing, the stu­dents got hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence to help them de­cide if the con­struc­tion path is right for them.

CSQ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Brett Schim­ming said the Try’a Trade Pro­gram aimed to en­cour­age Year 10 stu­dents to try a ca­reer in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“There is a lot to think about when choos­ing a ca­reer path and it’s easy to feel over­whelmed by pres­sure to make the right choice,” Mr Schim­ming said.

“Try’a Trade gives stu­dents op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­sider a path­way into con­struc­tion by try­ing var­i­ous trades and pos­si­bly find­ing one what’s just the right fit for them,” he said.

“The con­struc­tion in­dus­try is a great place to build your ca­reer, with so many op­tions to earn while you learn and de­velop skills.

“Any­one can have a go and you never know where you may end up – some of our ma­jor con­struc­tion com­pa­nies are run by past ap­pren­tices.

“Many stu­dents are told by teach­ers and their fam­i­lies that go­ing to uni­ver­sity is the best pos­si­ble move for their ca­reer, but this may not be the best choice for all in­di­vid­u­als.

“We like to sur­prise peo­ple with the fact that em­ploy­ment rates from VET stu­dents who train as part of an ap­pren­tice­ship are as high as 97%, com­pared to 69% from uni.”

PHOTO: JOSHUA MACREE

SKILLS FOR LIFE: Roma State Col­lege stu­dent Aden McGuane with ABBTF se­nior field of­fi­cer Brian Munns at Con­struc­tion Skills Queens­land’s Try’a Trade event on Wed­nes­day.

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