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Students use hands to build skills

By Patrick Nelson

Rebecca Grange, Kellie Stagg and Moby Edwards at Try’a Skill in Alice Springs Rebecca Grange, Kellie Stagg and Moby Edwards at Try’a Skill in Alice Springs

About 150 middle school students from Central Australia tried their hands at a number of vocational activities during the two-day Try’a Skill program at Alice Springs campus recently.

Senior VET adviser Lyle Mellors said students built bird huts in construction, made pot plant holders in metal work and made satays in butchery.

“The program affords students an opportunity to recognise that skill education and training can offer many viable career choices,” Mr Mellors said.

“It’s an interactive program that seeks to motivate students to think about their interests and strengths and give them ideas about the training they may need to undertake in their senior school years.”

Mr Mellors said students came from Tennant Creek, Mutitjulu, Santa Teresa, Papunya and the three middle schools in Alice Springs.

“They rotated through activities in the areas of automotive, hairdressing, welding, media, construction, butchery, cookery and electrical.

“And for the first time we had the defence force join the program, offering students an opportunity to try their hand at soldering electronic circuit boards.”

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