Territory students Try a Trade 


A group of secondary students interested in developing careers in trades have been treated to a four day hands on experience.

Trades people from local industry and business delivered engaging and informative hands on learning as a part of Try a Trade 2006.

Secondary School Liaison Lecturer, Trisha Kohlweg, said Try a Trade has been a huge success and has continually extended its scope since it began in 2003.

‘Given the current skills shortage situation there has been tremendous backing behind the Try a Trade initiative,’ she said.

‘Every year the event just keeps getting bigger, this year the event hosted over 400 students from 18 schools and community education centres across the Territory.

‘The event offers an opportunity for students to gain valuable insight and hands on experience in 10 trade skill-shortage areas, as well as the opportunity to meet potential future employers and attend an important information session provided by Australian Apprenticeships NT,’ she explained.

Try a Trade has represented 16 trade skill-shortage areas to over 350 secondary school students since 2003 and is delivered by a consortium of organisations comprising of Charles Darwin University (CDU), Group Training NT (GTNT), Territory Construction Association (TCA) and the Department of Education Employment and Training (DEET).