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Safety is our first thought

Seven values are at the heart of the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC). One of our values, safety, is our first thought when completing projects in the classroom, working in industry, and everywhere in between. The College is recognising National Safe Work Month this October and is joining Safe Work Australia to say together we can...

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They assumed I wasn’t strong enough

Lucy McIntyre is a lot of things. She is a plumber by trade, a teacher in training, a mother, and recently became an industry consultant at AITC Ipswich. Lucy became interested in plumbing a few years after completing high school. During Years 11 and 12, she completed two retail traineeships, and had gone on to...

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Baking a splash!

AITC Toowoomba’s Olivia Zavone impressed local employers so much that she was offered two baking positions, and had an additional offer for an animal grooming apprenticeship on the way. “I was offered two positions at the same time,” said Olivia. “I decided to take the one at Brumby’s after taking some time to think about...

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Alan Kiefer’s legacy lives on

Each year, the Australian Industry Trade College awards the Alan Kiefer scholarship to one Year 12 young person from each campus. Alan Kiefer was a financial planner with Skylight Financial Solutions from 2013 until he passed away in May of 2018. Alan was always a positive influence to those around him, living by the idea...

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Cooking up a storm for the community

AITC Redlands and Cleveland-based engineering firm Shine Precision hosted a barbeque breakfast for businesses in the Redlands region. Young people manned the barbeque on a chilly Friday morning to provide local businesses with a free breakfast burger and drink, and College education and industry staff were on deck to answer questions and speak to local...

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Future-proofed industry leaders

The AITC has applied learnings from COVID-19 to its programs and curriculum to ensure all graduates leave the College prepared for a future, which may look different to the one they expected. "During COVID-19 restrictions, we had to adapt and change like everybody," said Deputy Head of Education Lee Smith. "For a little while we had...

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Young people give Scouts the gift of giving

Year 10 young people from the Redlands campus spent two weeks this term working full-time hours for the Mount Cotton Scout Group. The young people worked hard on the group's grounds and campsite, painting and undertaking repairs. At the end of the two-week stint, Mount Cotton Scout leaders cooked up a sausage sizzle to thank...

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Into the pit

Any AITC young person or staff member who has ever visited Emu Gully on camp will be familiar with the mud pits. It's a day of hard work and dirty clothes, but amidst the chaos, the activity relies on clear communication and solid teamwork to achieve success. "The third day of Rookies Camp was a big...

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The project you can do with your eyes closed

If you have ever lived with a teenager, you will most likely know they have a very unique relationship with sleep. Dareen Kavanagh at the Sunshine Coast campus recently assigned students a numeracy project with a focus on the effect that sleep quality and quantity have on teenagers. Teachers at the AITC, like Dareen, are always...

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Computers for the community

Gold Coast young people Miles and Mason have been hard at work this past week, building over 45 computers for Substation33. Substation33 is a YFS social enterprise that opened its doors in 2013 as an electronic waste recycling centre. More recently, Substation33 has started an Innovation Lab, providing an opportunity for upcycling and e-waste diversion...

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