Latrobe High School is one of many Tasmanian schools that take advantage of the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation’s ‘Step Out in Bricks’ Program. It introduces students in years 9 and 10 to bricklaying as a trade. Students and their parents are notified before the program and can choose to spend this week learning about life working as a tradesperson and specifically about bricklaying.
It’s very hands on, learning about mixing mortar, laying bricks accurately but also introduces students to the types of careers that can become possible following a bricklaying apprenticeship. http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2182742/latrobe-high-school-steps-out-in-bricks-video/
Nine enthusiastic students at Latrobe High participated, under the direction of a qualified bricklayer employed by ABBTF. In the process the students built brick planter boxes for the school’s Science Courtyard which will be planted out with vegetables.
Teaching students new life skills is an important part of running this program, said Latrobe High School Pathway Planning Officer and Project Manager, Jenni Jago. “It gives them a taste of a real working environment.” Teachers, Careers Advisors and Youth Program Managers interested in running the Step Out in Bricks Program can contact ABBTF.