High school students were given a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world of construction yesterday when they took part in an interactive careers event at the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital (SCPUH) Try’a Trade Expo project site.
Hosted in partnership by CSQ, Lendlease and WorldSkills Queensland, the SCPUH Try’a Trade Expo drew more than 550 Year 10, 11 and 12 students from 19 local schools.
During the day, students were given a unique behind the scenes tour of the $1.8 billion SCPUH site which is among Queensland’s largest building and construction projects.  Students were able to gain a close up view of many different facets of a live construction site including crane operation, steelwork, roof cladding, waterproofing, glazing, painting, electrical works and landscaping.
After the tour, students were able experience construction activities first-hand in a series of Try’a Trade events hosted by training organisations and industry associations. Attendees were able to sample a range of different activities including bricklaying, plumbing, cabinetmaking, painting, surveying, carpentry, tiling and rigging.
Students were also able to speak with a range of industry experts, employers and TAFE organisations to gain information and insights on undertaking a career in construction.
Unity College Grade 12 student Ethan Wakley was among the students at the expo and said it had been a valuable learning experience.
“My Dad is a boilermaker and I’m very interested in following in his footsteps and doing a construction apprenticeship.
“I like the idea of being able to build something and see what you have achieved. I think it would very rewarding.
“It was great to come here today and see the variety of different trades on offer,” he said.
Mark Plummer, Senior Construction Manager – SCPUH for Lendlease’s Building business, said the Try’a Trade Expo was a unique opportunity for students to take a look into the largest building site in south-east Queensland.
“Lendlease has run Try’a Trade throughout building sites for many years and has found them extremely successful among students who are interested in a career within construction.  
“The expo provides hands-on experience for the students to try a trade directly and then seek out answers to questions they may have from professionals working on the ground and within a training environment,” said Mark.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the day had helped to showcase the best of the construction industry.
“This is a unique opportunity for students to see a cutting edge construction project in action. We want to show students that there are careers in construction to suit many different interests and talents,” he said.
CSQ is committed to building a skilled and diverse local construction workforce capable of delivering projects like the SCPUH project. 
For more information about the project visit www.lendlease.com/scuh.