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Students Try’a Trade

TRY’A TRADE: Year 10 students from across the region tried their hand at painting, electrical, welding and carpentry last week.

YEAR 10 Students from across the Tablelands were given an early chance to experience the work of a tradie through the “Try’a Trade Day” hosted at Mareeba State High School last Wednesday.

The day, funded by Construction Schools Queensland (CSQ) in conjunction with WorldSkills Australia, allowed students to experience four different trades in hands on, practical sessions.

CSQ Industry Engagement Manager Robyn Van Rooye said that this experience is crucial to student development.

“It gives students an understanding of what trades are available,” she said.

“Because there are so many vocations within the industry, it’s like a checklist; try one out, check it off and move on.

“We’ve had amazing feedback for our second year on the Tablelands.”

46 high school students from Mareeba, Atherton, Malanda, Ravenshoe and Herberton all attended the day. Students from the Torres Strait have also attended the “Try’a Trade Day” with CSQ moving to Thursday Island earlier in the year for the program.

Carpentry, Electrical, Painting and Welding were the four trades available to the students, supervised by specialist TAFE teachers that gave the students a unique insight into the work of a tradesman.

Mareeba State High School Industry Liaison Officer Linda Clark was impressed with the student’s commitment to the work.

“The students come in and they are taught by tradies, they get to see what it’s like to be a tradie,” she said.

“From the student’s point of view it’s a fun day.

“I’ve had students come up to me and say what a great time they’ve had.”

This opinion was shared by all the teachers who attended the “Try’a Trade Day” and are all looking to push next year to encourage more Year 10 students to come and “Try’a Trade”.

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