Redland school students gain experience on Try’a Trade event

REDLAND high school students picked up hammers and trowels to test their skills at the Construction Skills Queensland Try’a Trade event.

About 40 Queensland students took part in activities like building an electrical circuit, to building timber frames and bending and building piping at Tafe Queensland’s Alexandra Hills campus on Wednesday.

The event aims to provide year 10 students considering a career in construction, hands on experience in bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and electrical trades to help them decide which path is right for them.

Construction Skills Queensland chief executive officer Brett Schimming said the program encouraged students to try a career in the industry.

“There is a lot to think about when choosing a career path and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by pressure 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 just the right fit for them.

“The construction industry is a great place to build your career with so many options to earn while you learn and develop your skills.”

Redlands College student Connor McFarlane said he was enjoying the activities and was finding it helpful in choosing a path to pursue.

“I’m interested in being a tradie but don’t know what area I want to work in,” he said.

“I now know how to lay bricks and I’m learning about the types of plumbing tools, which is really interesting to me.”

Wynnum State High School student Richard Ravu said he returned for a second year to learn more skills at the event.

“I studied physics so I was always interested in being a sparky,” he said.

“I like coming here to learn the tricks of the trade with the team that is really friendly.”

For more information, visit the CQS website here.