High school to high rise — work experience the key to helping students plan careers
Planning his career path just became easier for Year 12 student, Jack Charrington, after gaining real
29 June, 2018 3 min read
Planning his career path just became easier for Year 12 student, Jack Charrington, after gaining real-life experience in the construction industry with Hutchinson Builders.
A student at Brisbane Boys College (BBC), Jack had often considered a career in building and construction but wasn’t sure if it was the right choice. With his time at school nearing completion, and pressure to choose university courses, Jack and his mum decided work experience could help.
“I loved the idea of working for a big construction company but, to be honest, wasn’t sure how I would find being in an office all the time. I was excited to learn that working in construction can mean going out to site quite regularly,” Jack said.
Another part of Jack’s work experience was developing project cost estimates.
“It was really interesting to consider all the different costs for a job – from the fittings that go into it, to all the different trades it takes to turn plans into a building. It also gave me a much better understanding of how the office-based work plays an important part in construction projects”.
The experience resulted from a Queensland Government initiative delivered in partnership with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), Gateway to Industry Schools Program designed to help students gain first-hand experience in the workplace.
Jack’s week with Hutchinson Builders was a collaborative effort organised with BBC, CSQ and Hutchinson Builders’ Workforce Development Team. While there, Jack was mentored by Michael Hobbes, Senior Cost Planner, who worked closely with Jack to help him understand what a typical day would be like.
“You often hear from the kids that they didn’t appreciate just how many different jobs were available in construction. As well as the estimating work with me, Jack has spent time with Site Engineers and Project Managers out on site which he really enjoyed. It’s always so rewarding to be part of something that helps young people find something they’re passionate about,” Michael said.
For further information about careers in construction, visit csq.org.au or call 1800 798 488.
The Gateway to Industry Schools Program is an initiative that is funded by the Department of Education and Training and is delivered in partnership by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ). The program aims to raise awareness of the different pathways into the construction industry and to create opportunities for students to be exposed to a range of learning experiences that will assist them in their future career choices and pathways to employment.
About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry. CSQ’s mission is to build a skilled workforce that meets the evolving needs of the industry. We support training to ensure the rights skills, at the right place, at the right time with a focus on upskilling. We operate across the building and construction industry in Queensland to build capability at every level of business by connecting people with the training they need.