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«2010 Darwin Try ‘a Trade Report 21st – 23rd September 2010 Worldskills Australia NT Try ‘a Trade Consortium 2010 Organising & Delivery ...»

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2010 Darwin Try ‘a Trade Report

21st – 23rd September 2010

Worldskills Australia NT Try ‘a Trade Consortium

2010 Organising & Delivery Committee

NTG Department of Education & Training – Sonia Graham & Cathy Preddy

Australian Apprenticeship Centre NT – Skye Blake

Charles Darwin University - Trisha Mellow

Group Training NT – Daman Foy

Proudly funded by

Group Training NT Foundation

NTG Department of Education & Training

‘Try a Trade is a Worldskills Australia Initiative’

Try ‘a Trade Background:

Try ‘a Trade is a Worldskills Australia initiative that introduces middle school students to a variety of trades, relevant to their regional skill shortages. The program aims to provide hands on, interactive trade activities that introduce specific skill sets and encourage students to have a go, under the guidance of professional Tradespeople, Apprentices and Registered Training Organisations. The event also offers the opportunity for students to ask questions about how to secure an apprenticeship and gather up to date entry level requirements, study and course information relating to the career they are interested in pursuing.

In 2003 the Northern Territory was the first in Australia to deliver a Try ‘a Trade event. Since its inception, it has been a huge success, valued by Schools, Students, Industry and the Community. From 2003 – 2005 the Darwin event hosted a total of 350 students. In 2006 over 400 participants from across the Territory registered to attend. Due to the huge increase of participants in the Try ‘a Trade, the NT Try ‘a Trade Committee decided to work closely with the Alice Springs region to organise and hold their first Try ‘a Trade in 2007. The Alice Springs event was held at the Charles Darwin University Campus over 2 days, one for urban students and one for remote. It was a huge success with 96 students participating. In 2008 the NT Try ‘a Trade Committee again supported the 2008 Alice Springs Try ‘a Trade, and worked closely with the Rivers Region to organise and successfully host their first Try ‘a Trade event in Katherine. This event was held at the Charles Darwin University Rural Campus, and was a huge success with 128 students participating bringing the years total to 661 participants.

The NT Try ‘a Trade event is organised by a consortium of organisations comprising of Charles Darwin University, Group Training NT, the NTG Department of Education and Training, Territory Construction Association (2003 – 2007), and the Australian Apprenticeship Centre NT (2010). The NT Events are financially funded by Group Training Foundation NT and NTG Department of Education and Training. The Territory Construction Association officially withdrew from the consortium early 2008 due totheir inability to recruit Industry free of charge. Charles Darwin University has always provided financial and in-kind support to the regional events, and in 2009 due to an increase in student numbers in the Darwin event, Charles Darwin University provided financial funding on top of their in-kind support to ensure a successful event.

Since their inception both the Alice Springs and Rivers Region Try ‘a Trade Events’ have provided a relevant, enhanced learning opportunity to their local and remote students, as well as facilitated the much needed local community, school, community organisations and industry partnerships across the regions. The Darwin Try a Trade Committee has continually encouraged regional ownership to support the partnerships formed, and move towards long term sustainability. This will also ensure the event remain specific to the needs of the region. The NT Consortium will continue to offer and provide support to both regions as required, to ensure the longevity of the event.

The NT Consortium is very pleased with the performance and commitment shown by the Alice Springs and Rivers Region Committee. Alice Springs has now held it 4th successful Try ‘a Trade and NT Consortium are confident they have reached the desired level of sustainability and will only offer support on request. In 2010 CDU again provided financial funding for both regional events to ensure they held another successful event and acknowledge the local supporters. The Rivers Region with the support of the NT Consortium has now delivered their 3rd successful Try a Trade event. The NT Consortium will need to continue to support the Rivers Region in both the organisation and delivery of their event due to the high number of staff turn over experienced in the region.

Try ‘a Trade Event Aims:

The program aims to firstly support industry by addressing the critical skill shortages currently faced by our trade services in the Northern Territory and secondly, to ensure students have a better understanding on how education relates to employment and, to provide them the opportunity to learn prior to them having to make choices on study options whilst at school. By providing an interactive and educational forum, which introduces students to general skill sets, employability attributes and up to date entry level requirements, study and career information, focusing on Vet in School pathways and apprenticeships within the trades. The forum also provides an opportunity to facilitate and strengthen valued partnerships between schools, industries, employers, government departments, local community partnerships and registered training organisations.





The Event:

The 2010 Darwin Try ‘a Trade event was held at the Cyprus Community Function Centre, Batten Road Marrara from Tuesday the 21st – Thursday 23rd of September, from 9am – 2.30pm. The three day event hosted 498 students & staff, from 13 different Schools from across Darwin, Palmerston, Darwin Rural and Arnhem Region, and offered 13 different activities. Students were separated into groups of 20 or less, and rotated through the activities, with each session lasting 25mins. Industry sessions were delivered by qualified professionals and the day provided engaging practical hands on activities, up to date information on 2 entry level requirements, study options, career, apprenticeship and the OH&S requirements for their industry. Students also had an opportunity to request more information, which was later distributed to them via the post.

2010 Try ‘a Trade Activities & Supporters

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Hospitality Moctails – Supported by CHARTTES, IHG & Charles Darwin University Students were given an overview of the Hospitality Operations field and what VET in School courses available to them whilst at school. Students were shown and encouraged to practice the skill sets used in Bar Operations. Activities included using electric mixers, shakers, nip glasses and ice scoops, along with an assortment of ingredients and garnishes to make delicious ‘Moctails’. Students unleashed their creativeness to design signature ‘Mocktails’ and all were encouraged to try it. Students were also provided information on the other careers available to them within hospitality.

Hospitality Banquet – Supported by CHARTTES, IHG & Charles Darwin University Students were introduced to the Banquet and Restaurant side of the Hospitality field.

They were shown and encouraged to practice the skill sets used, such as the art of napkin folding, correct table service and manners, carrying 3 plates and how to carry and balance a full drink tray and serve. Students practiced food & beverage service from one end of the venue to the other to simulate a busy restaurant. Students were also taken through the display of Al cart table set up and provided information on the various fields available to them including entry level requirements, VET in School pathways and School based apprenticeships options and career opportunities.

Welding/Metal Fabrication – Supported by Charles Darwin University & Advanced Training International (ATI) Students were introduced to the various fields of the engineering trade, and were shown, and encourage to have a go at welding, using a welding simulator. They were shown how to identify a crack in a weld and experienced the use of measuring tapes, marking scribers, tin snips, while adhering to the OH&S requirements of the trade. Students were guided through and operated a sheet metal folder and bender, hammer, drill and pot rivet gun to make their metal waste paper bins. Students were also provided information on the many different fields of engineering, VET in School courses, School based apprenticeship pathways available to them whilst at school, and the various employment pathways once they have completed school.

Plumbing - Supported by Charles Darwin University, GJ Wiggs & Gold Metal Plumbing Students learnt how to remove re-seat, re-grease and replace tap washers, o’ring and taps using tools, plumbers grease, thread tape and a visual diagram. They were also provided an opportunity to try some of the latest camera technology in a series of connecting pipes to locate items that had been placed. They were introduced to the many specialist areas of plumbing, such as roof, gas air and water systems and shown equipment used for diagnostics in the field.

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BUNNINGS – Supported our young budding Trades people by allowing students to use their DIY Planter Box design in the Construction Activity. BUNNINGS also provided 5 x 105 Piece Tool Bags, with safety hats, high visy vest, gloves, glasses and ear plugs which were used as prizes. To re-confirm their commitment to our younger generation BUNNINGS Special Projects Officer Naomi Hubbard visited local Schools and presented each winning student with their prize.

SUPERCHEAP AUTOS – Supported our enthusiastic Skills Coaches by donating a Car Wash pack for the Skills Coach Prize Draw.

NT Schools/Community Education Centres:

All Secondary Schools and Community Education Centres in the Darwin, Palmerston, Darwin Rural and Arnhem Regions were personally invited via email and fax. Schools interested in participating needed to complete a tentative booking form, indicating their preferred day, and provide an individual student registration form that included media permission release section.

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Responding Schools who did not attend & influencing factors:

Good Shepherd Lutheran School – School Holidays Marrara Christian School – School Holidays St Johns College Remote Students – School Holidays Kormilda College – School Holidays, did book and offer to students but no students turned up Woolaning Homeland Christian College – School Holidays Palmerston Christian School and NT Open Ed felt they did not have enough interested students to attend Sanderson Middle School & Palmerston High School – did not have enough students attend the last week of school Gunbalanya Community Education Centre Oenpelli – arrived a week early, instead they did a full CDU Casuarina & Palmerston Campus Tour, Visited Parliament House the Museum and participated in other activities around Darwin.

Promotion and Media Coverage:

Flyers and information were sent directly to each School and CEC Principal, Career Advisers and VET Coordinators. An open invitation was posted on the DET site, AACNT and GTNT Newsletters, CDU Website ‘Whats On’ Calendar and the CDU Secondary Schools Important dates Calendar. The Government photographer, Channel 9, ABC Television and the NT Newspaper were present at the Official Launch of Try ‘a Trade. The Consortium Members take their own photos during the event.

The NT Newspaper, Thursday 23rd September, ‘Wannabe tradies try’ A Copy of the Report and Event Photos will be posted to each School and Event Supporter. They will also be placed on the NTG DET, AACNT and CDU Community & Access SchoolsLink Website. Photos and a Good News Story will be published in the GTNT & MITAC Newsletters.

Radio Announcement:

Trisha Mellow, Secondary School Liaison, Community Engagements CDU Peter Perron, Territory FM 104.1 Monday 13th September 9.50am What is Try a Trade?

Firstly I just wanted to say, Try a Trade is not an Expo. It is a fantastic ‘hands on’ Worldskills Australia initiative that enables year 9 students to actually have a go, and try a trade.

What happens at Try a Trade?

The NT Consortium, NTG Department of Education & Training, GTNT, Australian Apprenticeship Centre and Charles Darwin University along with the wonderful support of local Industry and Business set up a variety of traditional trade activities, delivered by professional trade’s people.

Students rotate around in groups, have a try, ask questions and gather important up to date information on careers, entry level requirements and study pathways which will enable them to commence trade trainning, whilst still at school achieving their NTCET.

How long has Try a Trade been going?

It was first delivered in Darwin in 2003 to about 50 participants’. It is now delivered to over 1000 students every year in Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin.

Who are these local Industry and Business who support this wonderful learning experience?

This year our supporters are Bill Warren’s Painting Service, Dulux Paints, CHARTTES Training Advisory Council, Skycity, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Karen Sheldon’s Catering, Hair Dude, Advanced Training International, Australian Defence Force, Nortruss Building Supplies, Jewel Distributors, Bunnings, Supercheap Autos and the Cyprus Community of Darwin.

What schools will be attending the Darwin event this year, and what sort of Trades they will experience?

This year there will be over 600 students from our local schools but also students from Maningrida, Gunbalanya, Ramingining and Batchelor Area School. They will be experiencing, Plumbing, Electrical, Hospitality, Cookery, Hair Dressing, Mechanics, Automotive Electrical, Welding, Construction, The Defence Force Trades, Painting and Industry Skills which will introduce the students to a variety of qualifications and licenses within the Transport & Logistics field.

When is this event on?

This year’s event will be held next week from the 21st to the 23rd of September at the Cyprus Community Centre, in Marrara.

The Official Launch:



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