Getting hands on while Learning From Home

When COVID-19 restrictions prevented the AITC’s young people from completing work experience out in industry, the College pivoted the curriculum to deliver an industry-focussed practical project that kept students motivated and engaged in learning.

The AITC’s unique industry education model usually sees up to half of the College’s young people out in the workplace during the school term but a global pandemic had other ideas, compelling young people to learn from home in April and May.

“This industry project closely aligns with our entrepreneurial vision here at the AITC,” said Industry Consultant Jay Harris. “Our College prides itself on thinking outside of the box to help our young people learn in a different way. Unable to go out to work experience, we needed a project for them to complete from home, which got them away from the computer screen and working with their hands.”

The AITC teamed up with Align Design and Fitout on the Sunshine Coast, who made quick work of the task, producing 800 project kits within a week. The AITC is very grateful to Align Design and Fitout’s timely response and partnership on this project.

Young people in Industry Block on all five campuses each collected a pack of materials for their hands-on project, unaware of what they were going to be building and only to find out once they got home.

They soon discovered that they were creating a game board. There were lots of parts in each kit, so the future industry leaders had their work cut out for them to piece it together. The AITC includes a variety of disciplines in the Industry Block, as there are many different career paths that young people can pursue. Once the game board was assembled, students were given the opportunity to flex their creative muscles by designing a logo.

“Even though they are completing the project from home, our expectation for good craftsmanship is still high. Knowing our young people and what they are capable of, we are anticipating some great game boards to be presented,” said Jay.

An AITC education is done differently. Unique projects like this are what makes the College stand out from traditional schooling models. The AITC has quickly adapted and overcome the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, and has been able to keep young people engaged in their industry education, by thinking outside the box.