Try a trade to get ahead
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”
TOOL TIME: Mick Cornell is transferring to a new course at Tec- NQ.