The Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture recently hosted local Sunshine Coast school students at our Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) project as part of the Try’a Trade Day program.
Sponsored by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), the Try’a Trade Day provides insight and hands-on opportunities to learn about the variety of skills and trades available to young people considering a career in building and construction.
High school students from Unity College, Siena College and Caloundra State High began their day with a project overview by CR2SM Construction Manager Jon Eames and presentations from the project’s Safety Manager, Environmental Manager and Traffic Manager on the unique factors that are being managed on this state-significant highway upgrade.
Mr Eames understands the importance of hosting events like Try’a Trade and supporting CSQ.
"These events are extremely beneficial to young adults in high school, providing hands-on experiences and an insight into the day-to-day workings on a construction site. Making decisions about your career in high school can be daunting so this is a great opportunity to take a sneak peek at a few different trades in the construction industry," said Mr Eames.
After a site safety induction where students learned of the specific hazards and risks to be aware of on site, the group then travelled to the Tanawha Road site compound for a comprehensive tour and demonstration of the land surveying techniques and soil testing being conducted on the project.
The tour also provided the students with an opportunity to inspect the various types of plant and equipment commonly used in road construction and the jobs undertaken by our operators, as well as participating in discussions with project team members on construction costs, safety procedures and planning essentials.
“Encouraging young adults to participate in vocational education is critical in ensuring they develop the skills and qualifications required to gain employment in the construction industry,” said Mr Eames
Try'a Trade Day is a CSQ initiative run through schools in partnership with WorldSkills Australia and is aimed at raising the awareness of construction as a viable career option.
For more information, visit CSQ or WorldSkills Australia.
Local high school students Try’a Trade at our CR2SM project site