Trades evening builds strong community support in Alice Springs 

Janine Stanton shows off her table

A forked necked lizard?!

The skills and talents of future and potential trades students were on show during June at Charles Darwin University (CDU) Alice Springs.

Over 100 people attended a special evening event, hosted by the School of Trades, which showcased the works of vocational training and education in schools (VETiS), apprentices and hobby students.

It was the biggest turnout of any exhibition by the school which runs at the end of each semester.

The artistic endeavours of the students ranged from functional and elegant dining tables to imposing metal lizards, the product of bent and welded cutlery. Over 30 items were on display from wooden aeroplanes to a display of air engines.

Dianne Underwood, campus administrator said the event was a great success.

‘It’s great to see people come together and celebrate their achievements like this,’ she said. ‘I can’t believe what people can create out of wood and metal.’

Janine Stanton was one of many hobby students at the event along with her table display. She enjoyed her time at CDU and intended to study further at the University.

‘The facilities here at Alice Springs are excellent and I really enjoy my time building and creating works like this,’ she said.

Pat Organ and Mark Gooley, vocational and technical education lecturers, said the show was well recognised around the Alice Springs community.

‘The quality of what people are making is getting better, we can’t wait to host the next one,’ Pat said.