On Tuesday 3 March, eight of our Year 10 Woodwork students participated in the inaugural “Try-a-Trade Event” which was jointly convened by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and World Skills Australia. The eight students representing our College were Ryan Andrews, Shannon Gray, Tyler Haynes, Judd Knudsen, Brendan List, Rayne McCristal, Connor Radel and Liam Sherry. They were accompanied by Industrial Technology and Design teachers, Mr Chris Kidd and Mr Michael Pace.
These students, along with students from several other local high schools, learned practical skills and knowledge in four different trade areas of Cabinetmaking, Plastering, Levelling and Bricklaying. The feedback from students was very positive and the event achieved the objectives of:
- motivating students through hands-on experience;
- sharing information about future career choices;
- encouraging students to appreciate what skill education and training can offer.
It is hoped the success of this event has fostered students’ interests in the construction industry and gives them the motivation and encouragement to apply for the ‘Doorways 2 Construction’ program in their Senior schooling. This program will be available to any student who studies Certificate I in Construction and Furnishing in Years 11 and 12 at HSC. Plans are already in progress for the event next year with different trade areas to be trialled by the students.