Gordon TAFE and MBAV go the extra mile to introduce the Trades to students
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Gordon TAFE and MBAV introduce the Trades to students

Master Builders Association Victoria (MBAV), in conjunction with The Gordon TAFE, in Geelong have together come up with an exceptionally effective orientation tool to introduce the trades to secondary students, years 9 to 12.  This month, students from various schools who had expressed an interest in the building and construction industry in Geelong were taken by bus to both a commercial and a domestic site, where they were guided through the trades in operation, with qualified experts plus were given the opportunity to try-out some trades, such as Bricklaying. This is the newest of many ways for student’s considering their career options to get up close and Try-Our Trade.

The students were afforded a rare opportunity to get a firsthand look at the trades in action and to walk around the sites while construction was progressing and the process of the build was being explained.

Gordon TAFE and MBAV introduce the Trades to studentsPresent to help guide the tour were representatives from Austral Bricks, Master Builders Association Victoria (MBAV), Gordon TAFE, Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network and of course ABBTF.

The venture couldn’t have happened without the support of the Trades, and in Bricklaying’s case Austral Bricks, Caruso Bricklaying and our own apprenticeship training body, ABBTF.  Other great supporters included Hamlan Homes, Lyons Constructions, JM Homes, North Building, Signature Homes, and Walkers Plaster & Tile all of whom gave of their expertise and time for this unique experience.

Gordon TAFE and MBAV introduce the Trades to studentsAll involved in the orientation returned to The Gordon TAFE for a sausage sizzle providing a further opportunity for the students, supporters and stakeholders to network.

Jacqui, from ABBTF, had an opportunity to speak with the two bus loads of students about Bricklaying Apprenticeship opportunities and our free Work Ready Program (WRP) providing a more intensive exploration of bricklaying as a career or entry point into Construction.

A well organised and beneficial day for all involved.  Special thanks go to Leesa Hanlon, Norm Lyons and to Ben Caruso of Caruso Bricklaying for inviting ABBTF and making this new promotional exercise such a success.  We look forward to welcoming some of these students to a WRP soon.

Jacqui Breeuwer
ABBTF Field Officer

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