Try a trade to get ahead

Townsville Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS - Francine Pull­man

THE op­tion to pur­sue a trade ca­reer just got a whole lot more ap­peal­ing to young­sters who are in­vited to sam­ple a va­ri­ety of trades be­fore they com­mit to one.

On July 20 Tec- NQ will be launch­ing its first ever TecPrep pro­gram which aims to pre­pare Year 10 level stu­dents as­pir­ing to a trade.

The six- month pro­gram was cre­ated to cater for de­mand and over­come the com­mon chal­lenge faced by young peo­ple of mak­ing the right choice.

School Pro­grams man­ager Neil Whit­ley said due to over­whelm­ing com­mu­nity re­sponse, the pro­gram had been ex­panded to al­low more stu­dents to sam­ple a range of trades while com­plet­ing year 10 level stud­ies.

“It is very dif­fi­cult for young stu­dents to be clear on what vo­ca­tion they choose to pur­sue as a ca­reer,’’ he said.

“By the time these stu­dents com­plete Tec- Prep and en­ter Year 11, they will have a much clearer un­der­stand­ing of the trade they have se­lected.

“They will have the op­por­tu­nity to talk to the trade fa­cil­i­ta­tors and stu­dents from dif­fer­ent trades and make up their own mind about what suits their skills and ca­reer am­bi­tions.’’

Among the keen par­tic­i­pants is Year 10 An­nan­dale Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dent Mickin­ley Cor­nell.

“I spoke with a few friends who had al­ready at­tended TecNQ and they said it was great and then I did some in­ves­ti­gat­ing on­line and dis­cussed it with my fam­ily,’’ he said of his de­ci­sion to change schools to en­rol in the pro­gram.

“I pre­fer be­ing hands- on and think that get­ting a trade will suit me best and Tec- NQ is the best op­tion for me.

“I’m not en­tirely sure ( which trade I will chose), which is why I’m do­ing TecPrep, but I have an in­ter­est in elec­tri­cal and I’m re­ally ex­cited to see what it’s like.’’

The Trade Prepa­ra­tion Skills pro­gram is aimed at giv­ing all par­tic­i­pants an in­tro­duc­tion into the key trade ar­eas that Tec- NQ spe­cialises in: En­gi­neer­ing Me­chan­i­cal, En­gi­neer­ing Fab­ri­ca­tion, Car­pen­try, Plumb­ing, Au­to­mo­tive, Elec­tri­cal and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

The pro­gram is run over six months from July to De­cem­ber.

For those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in this in­au­gu­ral Tec- Prep Pro­gram, ap­pli­ca­tions will need to be made by July 10. Visit www. tecnq. com. au for more in­for­ma­tion.

“I pre­fer be­ing hands- on and think that get­ting a trade will suit me best”

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

TOOL TIME: Mick Cor­nell is trans­fer­ring to a new course at Tec- NQ.

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