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18 March, 2021

Aspiring tradies try a trade day

STUDENTS were able to trade their pencils for a day on the job after they attended a ‘Try a Trade’ day at the Atherton Hospital last Wednesday.

By Rhys Thomas

Up and coming tradies were invited along to the Atherton Hospital redevelopment site last Wednesday to ‘Try a Trade’, giving them time off school and time on the job.

STUDENTS were able to trade their pencils for a day on the job after they attended a ‘Try a Trade’ day at the Atherton Hospital last Wednesday. 

The Try a Trade program was developed by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), it aims to provide young aspiring tradies the skills through development workshops and providing them an insight into work in the construction industry. 

SCQ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brett Schimming said the Try a Trade program aims to encourage high school 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 and pressured to make the right choice,” he said. 

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

“Students were able to try their hand at the electrical, carpentry and plumbing trades before being given a tour of the Atherton Hospital’s current redevelopment.”

FKG Group’s Project Manager Kent Radnedge has worked in the construction industry for 16 years and began his career as an estimator whilst completing a Bachelor of Construction Management.

“It was great to spend the day with local year 10 students, they all showed a lot of interest and enthusiasm in learning about what is involved in a project of this size,” he said. 

“The construction industry is a great place to build your career and there’s lots of different pathways you can take. 

“Hopefully today’s event has given them an insight into a typical day within the industry, career possibilities and perhaps inspired them to consider becoming a plumber, electrician or carpenter.”   

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