Apprentices’ know-how put to the test at CQUniversity Rockhampton

Published:06 November 2019

Apprentices Carl Robinson, Mitchell Barlow, Trent Rook and Wilson Boyd have had their skills and knowledge put to the test at CQUni Rockhampton City

Central Queensland’s trades apprentices are in the thick of end-of-year training and assessments at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton City Campus this week, with the skills and knowledge they’re acquiring helping them when they’re on the job.

Students in Metal Fabrication, Electrical and Carpentry have been busy with practical and theory assessments with their training being put to the test.

Second-year Electrical apprentice Mitchell Barlow, who works for Komatsu, said he was enjoying his studies at CQUni.

“It’s really good that we get different teachers as they offer different perspectives on our trade,” he said.

“One of the teachers worked at Komatsu as a contractor once and it was good for him to be able to make the training relevant to our workplace.”

Carl Robinson, a third-year apprentice with RC Contracting had recently finished making a pot-belly stove as part of his Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade training.

“The training is good because a lot of the stuff I do at RC is big stuff, while some of our training involves smaller projects which is different and pretty challenging,” he said.

Certificate III in Carpentry student Wilson Boyd, who is now in the third year of his apprenticeship with TJ Smith Builders, said his training was becoming more advanced.

“It’s been good because it’s more hands-on now,” he said.

“Recently we’ve doing concreting, setting out and setting up the slab for houses.”

Trent Rook, a third-year apprentice cabinetmaker said he found the training at CQUni fit well with his work schedule.

“The training is pretty easy for me – I only come here for one-week every year, but what I learn is good for my job.”

CQUni has a wide range of apprenticeship and traineeship training and a number of trade training areas recently received a $32 million funding boost from the Queensland Government.

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