Try A Trade is a fun and interactive way for students to explore the world of trades. We take into account skill shortage areas and the exhibitors include local TAFE and Training providers and industry.  Each stall holder provides an interactive activity that young people participate in to learn different workplace skills.

Each year we see over 400 students from 18 local secondary schools engage in hands-on activities to learn about the world of trades. We showcase 19 trades that range from electronics to hospitality to ensure that we cater for all students’ interests.

It is a great day and the feedback is always amazing. This year 93% of the students rated the event as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. And, 90% of students stated Try A Trade had increased their understanding of trades. We are very thrilled with those results and are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Information for local schools:

try-a-trade-schoolDid you know, 95.5% of teachers stated that the Try A Trade event added value to their school/activities!

Try A Trade presents as a great excursion opportunity for Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and 12 VCAL or any other students who may be interested in pursuing a trade or including VET in their studies. We have a great variety of trades to explore that can appeal to both male and females.

There are 3 session times that run between 9.15am and 3pm. Each school typically brings along a group of 50 students (negotiable).

Information for training providers:

try-a-trade-trainingIt is a great opportunity to provide prospective students with information on your VET or TAFE courses and your pre-apprenticeships. This a worthwhile and rewarding experience for young people in our local community.  We do not charge exhibitors to have a stall.  We simply want to link young people and their support teachers to relevant local opportunities.

try-a-trade-1Examples of exhibitions are:

  • Engineering
  • Carpentry
  • Hair and beauty
  • Allied health
  • Business admin
  • Floor and wall tiling
  • Bricklaying
  • Fitness
  • Optical
  • Technical security
  • Child care and/or aged care
  • Hospitality
  • Travel and Tourism

Contact for more information:

Tim Bulaon
Project Officer
P: 0481 137 196