SKILLS FOR LIFE: Roma State State College student, Aden McGuane with ABBTF senior field officr, Brian Munns at Construction Skills Queensland's Try'a Trade event on Wednesday.
SKILLS FOR LIFE: Roma State State College student, Aden McGuane with ABBTF senior field officr, Brian Munns at Construction Skills Queensland's Try'a Trade event on Wednesday. Joshua Macree

Maranoa students spend a morning on the tools

ROMA students considering a career in construction sampled a range of industry options at a special Construction Skills Queensland Try'a Trade event on Wednesday.

Around 35 high school students from Roma State College and St John's Catholic School visited TAFE Queensland's Roma campus to get a taste of bricklaying, carpentry, construction steelwork and electrical work.

From learning to lay a brick wall and building an electrical circuit, to constructing timber frames and welding piping, the students got hands-on experience to help them decide if the construction path is right for them.

CSQ chief executive officer Brett Schimming said the Try'a Trade Program aimed to encourage Year 10 students to try a career in the building and construction 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,” Mr Schimming said.

"Try'a Trade gives students opportunities to consider a pathway into construction by trying various trades and possibly finding one what's just the right fit for them,” he said.

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

"Anyone can have a go and you never know where you may end up - some of our major construction companies are run by past apprentices.

"Many students are told by teachers and their families that going to university is the best possible move for their career, but this may not be the best choice for all individuals.

"We like to surprise people with the fact that employment rates from VET students who train as part of an apprenticeship are as high as 97 per cent, compared to 69 per cent from uni.”


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