Queensland technical colleges have been organising specialised trade training for school students in rural and remote Queensland.
A group of Grade 10 students from different areas experience trade and technical training first-hand to put them ahead of the pack when looking for a job.
The Try‘a Trade is a 10-week programme, which rotates the 15-strong group of students through diesel fitting, welding, plastic welding, fabrication, gas fitting and electronics, followed by industry familiarisation, site tours and vocational placement components –giving them a head start for their future trade career. Organsied by an Australian ‘technical and further education’ (TAFE) institution – TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Schools –this programme is a result of collaboration with QMI Solutions (a Queensland based business skills organisation) and the cream of Australia’s CSG/LNG industry crop, namely Arrow Energy, Australia Pacific LNG, Queensland Gas Company and Santos GLNG Project.
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Schools unit project manager, Robyn Fraser, says the students and teachers are keen as mustard to take on this world-class training that will make them job-ready. “Our teachers are trade qualified and just love what they do – they fly-in, fly-out and teach face-to-face at central locations.” At the end of week seven students go on site tours and vocational placement in weeks nine and 10.
“It’s a great note to end on, because it makes the experience richer and more real for the students by reinforcing many of the skills covered and learnt with the teachers in the nine weeks prior,” says Fraser.