A group of Year 9 and 10 students at UC High School Kaleen completed a Brick & Blocklaying 3 day construction course held earlier this month, building two worm farms which will complement the School’s wide curriculum. The Step Out Program is an introductory bricklaying course conducted by the Australian Brick and Block Training Foundation (ABBTF) designed to open the eyes of students to the trade and the construction industry, to consider the possibility of obtaining qualifications and employment in the industry in the future.
The students had a first-hand experience of the bricklaying skills required to work in the construction industry. Step Out gives students a taste of what attributes are required in this craft-based trade. The course was, as usual, expertly delivered by Todd Farrawell who really connected with the students. They soaked up his knowledge and friendly advice on how to complete a quality finish. Todd put the students through their paces during an interactive bricklaying skill development course where students learnt basic trowel skills, general labouring, setting out a site and laying bricks to a line.
I received the following very pleasing note from UC High Kaleen following our three day trial, which I’d like to share, as it demonstrates the team effort that goes into the Step Out Program:
“UC High School Kaleen would like to formally acknowledge the following for their continued support of our students:
- UC High School Kaleen Staff for allowing their students the time out of class to complete the course
- Brendan Coyle from the ABBTF for facilitating the course and the supply of the bricks (along with Jedd at Austral Bricks in Fyshwick)
- Todd Farrawell for his expertise and guidance in teaching our students highly valuable skills
- The UCHSK Parents & Citizens for their monetary support; we bought the reinforcing mesh for the concrete footings
- Canberra Sand & Gravel for the supply of the brickies sand
- Bunnings Belconnen (Jennifer White) for their generous support of the 20 bags of cement used for laying bricks and also the support of the parents
- Oh and Ms Richardson for letting us take over the orchard and farm for a few days
UC High School Kaleen is extremely lucky to have the continued support of ABBTF, Austral Bricks, UCHSK P&C, Canberra Sand & Soil and Bunnings, without these extremely generous donations of equipment, products and expertise we would not have been able to afford the project and the skills developed through this project.
The 3 day was very successful with all of the young participants excited to try bricklaying for the first time. The response and interest the students showed during the 3 days was a testament to the great course Todd supplied, they all went away feeling they had got something out of the project.”
Thanks UC High, great feedback!
ABBTF NSW Manager