Aspiring female tradies gained hands on experience with a variety of trades at the Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC) on Monday 9 March.
The free Sunshine Coast Girls Try’aTrade Workshop was jointly hosted by CSQ, World Skills and SCTTTC.
The event provided the opportunity for local female high school students to try out trades including plumbing, carpentry, electrical, bricklaying, tiling and painting.
Try’aTrade aims to motivate participants through skills development workshops, providing participants with an insight into working in the construction industry.
CSQ, CEO Brett Schimming said the event would help to attract more young women to the industry.
“The construction industry has a diverse range of careers to suit many different interests and skills. 
“CSQ has a range of programs and services to help female career seekers find a pathway into the industry,” he said.
The CSQ team were on hand during the day to answer attendees’ questions about pathways into the industry. During the workshop, participants also heard from successful women currently working in the industry.
SCTTTC Strategic Innovations Manager Tracie Warry said the day was a great success.
“This was a great opportunity for these young girls to experience different construction trades first hand.
“Many had never considered a career in construction so this event was the ideal introduction to the industry.
“We look forward to seeing some of these faces taking part in training programs at SCTTTC next year,” he said.
On the day, students heard from Scooter Group third year plastering apprentice Krystien Absolon about her journey into the industry.
Krystien attended a Try’aTrade event several years ago and said it helped put her on the right path in construction.
“I had been interested in working in construction for a while but wasn’t sure what area I wanted to work in. I’d never thought about plastering before, but when I tried it out it was something I really enjoyed.
“It’s great to get a mix of experience in the construction industry before you choose an apprenticeship,” she said.
CSQ helps school students to find a pathway into the industry through the Doorways 2 Construction (D2C) and Doorways to Civil Construction (D2CC) programs. These school programs provide students with the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience with an employer, while working towards a qualification suitable for beginning an apprenticeship or traineeship.