More than 2,500 high school students will have the opportunity to get hands on with a trade when they attend the Reid Park Pit Complex on Thursday 7 May for the Smart Futures 4 North Queensland ‘Skills on Show’ Career Expo (SF4NQ).

As a major Sponsor CSQ is joining with WorldSkills at the event to run a series of Try’a Trade activities. Students will be able try out a variety of trades including bricklaying, carpentry, surveying and welding.

If a particular trade captures their interest, students will be able to speak to the CSQ team, employers and industry experts about training options and finding a pathway into the industry.

CSQ’s CEO Brett Schimming said Try’a Trade activities were fun, interactive and valuable for students.

“It’s important to have a good understanding of a trade before you start an apprenticeship.

“By trying out different trades and talking to industry experts, students at the expo will be able to match their talents and interests to a role in the industry.

“With more than 70 different careers on offer, the building and construction is a great option for young people.

“If you have good literacy and numeracy skills, a good work ethic and the right attitude, then this could be the industry for you” he said.

SF4NQ is a community-based, not for profit initiative which seeks to build a skilled workforce by showcasing regional industry and careers to young people in North Queensland.

It is expected that students from more than 32 schools across the region, including Hinchinbrook, Charters Towers, Mount Isa, the Whitsundays and Palm Island, will attend the event.

They will have the opportunity to meet with 52 individual exhibitors from a wide array of industries.

Those interested in learning more about careers in construction can visit www.csq.org.au.

For more information about the career expo visit www.sf4nq.com.au