A new school has opened up in the Redlands with an industry focus.
The Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) will open its doors on the January 27 to the 85 students currently enrolled.
Mayor Karen Williams says this college was desperately needed in the region.
“There was a distinct lack of opportunities for apprentices in our city for businesses to employ, the Tafe numbers were declining and the opportunities at Tafe were declining. So not only is this a win-win for young people it’s also for industry.”
Head of College, Alan Denham says that there are a variety of trades on offer to the students.
“Predominantly in Redlands we’ve seen obvious strong uptake in the construction trades so you can imagine carpenters, electricians, plumbing etc. Automotive tends to be one that’s popular and certainly in the tourism/hospitality area; that’s an area that’s continuing to build throughout the region.”
Mark Hands CEO of AITC explains that the college will work alongside TAFE Queensland to train the students in their chosen trades.
“What will happen is we’ll get a hundred students turn up here, we will teach them the Queensland curriculum in terms of maths and English and then when we are starting to train them to go out into industry we’ve got an agreement with a Tafe that they will give them those initial skills.
Jarryd Talebi-Smith is studying to be a Marine Mechanic and is excited to be able to do it from the Toondah Harbour campus.
“So you finish all your school work in four weeks and then go and try and get an apprenticeship for the next 6-8 weeks.”
He says that it’s different and a lot harder than an average school.