Mackay high school students get to taste tradie life

10 August 2022

More than 20 Year 12 students got to try their hand at carpentry' plumbing and electrical skills as part of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and Worldskills Australia's Try'a Trade event' hosted by CQUniversity at Paynters Great Barrier Reef Stadium in Mackay this week.

The students rotated through trade stations to get a taste of what it's like to work as a tradie' and also toured the Paynters site to see the construction industry in action firsthand.

Under the guidance of CQUniversity TAFE teachers' the students were provided with opportunities to discover hidden talents and develop career passions.

CQUniversity Head of Course Construction Stewart Larsson said Try'a Trade was an important opportunity for school students to trial a variety of construction careers under the guidance of CQUniversity teachers.

The Mackay event was also unique in that students were given an insight into what environments may await them in the industry.

"We are pleased to work with CSQ and Worldskills for this great event and meet some of the region's up-and-coming tradies'" said Mr Larsson.

CSQ Chief Executive Officer Brett Schimming said the Try'a Trade program aims to encourage high school students to consider a trade in the building and construction industry.

"There is a lot to think about when choosing a job path near the end of school' and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the choice' or pressured into making the right choice'" Mr Schimming said.

"Try'a Trade gives students opportunities to consider a pathway into construction by trying various trades and possibly finding one that's just the right fit for them'" he said.

"The construction industry is a great place to build your career with so many options to earn while you learn and develop skills that are highly valued and transportable."

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