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Students roll up sleeves and try hand at vocational skills

Centralian Middle School students Cassie Boyle, Hayley Baliva, Precious Palupe, Luisa Mulitalo, Donna Peace and Rachel Knott dismantle a four-cylinder engine at Try’a Skill in Alice Springs Centralian Middle School students Cassie Boyle, Hayley Baliva, Precious Palupe, Luisa Mulitalo, Donna Peace and Rachel Knott dismantle a four-cylinder engine at Try’a Skill in Alice Springs

More than 200 Central Australian middle school students were prompted to think about their futures as they participated in a variety of hands-on activities at Alice Springs campus recently.

The Year 9 students were given nine tasks, which included making bird huts from wood in the construction workshop, pot-plant hangers in the metal workshop and beef schnitzels in the butchery.

Senior Vocational Education and Training Advisor Lyle Mellors said some of the students made a return trip of more than 1000km to participate in the annual Try’a Skill event.

“It is a popular interactive program that allows students to try their hand at a variety of vocational skills,” he said.

“They pulled the head off a four-cylinder engine and reassembled it under the supervision of our automotive lecturers, and styled and spray-coloured each other’s hair, with the assistance of our hairdressing staff.”

Mr Mellors said new activities in community services and electro technology provided students with valuable insights into employment opportunities in remote communities.

“We were delighted to have the support of Power and Water Corporation, who showed students how a water tester is used to monitor the quality of drinking water in remote communities.

“Similarly, our community services staff explained how the certificate courses on offer are essential pre-requisites for people seeking employment in the youth, aged and disability sectors in remote communities.”

Mr Mellors said students also were given an opportunity to inspect Civil Train’s front-end loader simulator used to train heavy-machinery operators.

Try’a Skill, now in its seventh year in Alice Springs, is organised by a consortium comprising the Department of Business, Group Training NT, Australian Apprenticeships Centre NT and CDU.

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