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View the archive of Blueprint, the AITC’s biannual industry education magazine.

Leaders’ colourful coordination

Now that’s a shirt! AITC CEO Mark Hands and Education Quality and Compliance Manager Toni Banfield are twinning for a cause. Their shirts are from the Aussie mental health advocacy organisation TradeMutt. The shirts are designed to start a conversation about mental health, and are often worn by various members of the AITC community. The...

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Automotive rises to fourth most-needed trade

The need for automotive tradespeople has risen to the fourth most-needed role in Australia, Seek has reported. The previous report, published in February, listed automotive as the seventh most-needed job in the nation. It is no surprise that the list has changed since February, with the disruption the pandemic has brought to the job market. In...

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A spotlight on safety

Now that National Safe Work Month has come to a close, the AITC is reflecting on the lessons learned throughout the month of October. 2020 has brought new challenges for workplace health and safety for the AITC, and the world as a whole. The AITC brought in safer practices and procedures, and had to change...

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Surpassing expectations through service

The AITC curriculum has a strong focus on industry at the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) but also gives high priority to a values-based education, with young people frequently undertaking Gift of Giving service projects. This term, young people from the Ipswich campus travelled 60 kms to Silky Oaks Children’s Haven in Manly West to...

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Happy World Teachers’ Day

“There are only three ways we can learn in this life,” says Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) CEO Mark Hands. “The first one is to experience something. The second way is to read about it. The third is to have a teacher.” Friday 30 October marks World Teachers' Day, a day to celebrate teachers all...

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Child Safety is everyone’s responsibility

Child safety is everybody’s responsibility. At the AITC, this means that every staff member from CEO to student admin, finance to facilities, marketing to managers, takes child safety training within the first three days of starting at the College. Additionally, every employee at the College holds a Blue Card, with the exception of teachers, who...

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Life is bumpy, but don’t give up

Melanie Snow is the Personal Industry Coach at the Sunshine Coast campus, but her role involves much more than you might assume. Melanie describes her job as being a conduit between the young people and their teachers and industry consultants. The health and wellbeing of AITC young people is her top priority, a task that...

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Putting mental health and wellbeing first

In week two of National Safe Work Month, the AITC is focussing on the links between mental health and wellbeing and workplace health and safety (WHS). The College’s WHS coordinator Jess Mangan explains the direct correlation between mental health and the ability for one to make safe choices in the workplace. “It comes down to...

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Take a moment for safety

The AITC is recognising National Safe Work Week this October with four weekly themes to span the month. The first theme is Safe Choices and Behaviours. The College’s Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator, Jess Mangan, describes safe choices as taking a moment before you complete a task to consider how you might complete it safely....

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A job weld done

Most young people at the AITC get signed up to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships in Years 11 and 12, after completing up to two years of work experience placements. The AITC provides young people with the opportunity to try their hand at a handful of different trades if they are not sure which career to...

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