Issue 6 - 2 July 2012 enews home

Students donate after building trade skills

By Leanne Coleman

Adam Bourke

Back: RSPCA fundraising organiser Janine Fidock, Bill Warrens Painting Service Jarra Crook and Bill Warren, CDU Construction Skills Coach Alf Harper. Front: O'Loughlin Catholic College students Toni Couzens, Michaela Long and John Bull with "Ace" the puppy.

The RSPCA has benefited from a Try a Trade event held at Charles Darwin University's Casuarina campus when 30 dog beds were donated to the Boulter Road Animal Shelter.

The dog beds were made as part of the carpentry and construction activity during the annual Try a Trade event that gives hundreds of students from across the Northern Territory the opportunity to gain "hands on" experience in a variety of trade options and explore possible careers.

Over two days more than 400 students had a choice of 17 careers, trying activities from commercial cookery, horticulture, beauty and hairdressing, to welding, carpentry and automotive.

CDU secondary schools liaison officer Trisha Mellows said the program aimed to provide interactive trade activities that introduced skills and encouraged students to have a go, under the guidance of professional tradespeople, apprentices and registered training organisations.

"Industry not only helps by providing us with their time, but in the case of the dog beds for the RSPCA, the wood was donated by the Nortruss Group, and the paint by Bill Warren Painting Service and Dulux Paints," she said.

Ms Mellows said the event was a great way for students to meet with professional tradespeople to ask questions about securing an apprenticeship and to gather information relating to the career they are interested in pursuing.

"It was a great opportunity for school students to find out more about professional pathways while they continue to attend secondary school to help them decide if they want to undertake VET in Schools or a School Based New Apprenticeship," she said.

Try a Trade is run by an NT consortium including the Department of Business and Employment, GTNT, Australian Apprenticeship Centre NT and CDU.