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Boat collar work, white collar thinking

At the Australian Industry Trade College, there are more trades on offer than the well-known construction, hair dressing, hospitality, and electrical. Jack Yule, AITC Sunshine Coast student spent some time completing work experience with Kapten Boat Collar, a business in Nambour that builds collars for boats that make them more safe and stable on the...

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AITC Rookies impress at Emu Gully

Before commencing at the Australian Industry Trade College, every new student will attend the Rookies' Camp at Emu Gully. This year saw new starters from all five AITC campuses attend the camp before commencing Semester 1. Students from Gold Coast, Ipswich, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, and Toowoomba travelled to Emu Gully in the Lockyer Valley to...

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The Ipswich campus opens its doors

When young people arrived to the brand new Ipswich campus on 28 January for the first day of semester, they were greeted by Ipswich Principal Tracey Millar, AITC CEO Mark Hands, all the Ipswich campus staff, and a number of AITC staff from other campuses. The day started with a Principal’s Welcome from Tracey, followed...

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The tradition of the Rock Walk

At the Australian Industry Trade College, education is about more than tests and textbooks. There are many traditions that the AITC upholds on all campuses, and one of the first is the Rock Walk. Every young person who starts at any AITC campus in Year 10 will complete a Rock Walk in their local area....

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Will impresses during his work experience

Gold Coast student Will Briese enrolled at the College in Year 10, at which time he expressed an interest in pursuing an apprenticeship in auto mechanics. After a short time at the AITC, Will became interested in plumbing, and has now completed over 800 hours of work experience with nine different plumbing companies. Will received...

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The solution to Queensland’s youth jobs crisis

“Queensland is on the verge of a youth jobs crisis with the number of young people in work plummeting in 2019,” reads an article titled ‘Young and out of work’ on page six of the Courier Mail on Tuesday 26 November. Reports have shown that half the 25 year olds in Australia do not have...

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AITC teachers want you to be you

Redlands students Dakota and Brock say AITC teachers care about the individual wellbeing and learning styles of each student – something they didn’t experience at their traditional schools. “When I felt like I didn’t have a goal, the staff were really supportive. When I was thinking about changing into a different trade, they were all...

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Young people give back through the International Service Project

Young Australian Industry Trade College apprentices have raised over $120,000 to construct homes for struggling families and communities in Cambodia in 2019. The energy behind this generosity is the International Service Project (ISP), run every two years at the College. The ISP is a central part of the curriculum teaching young people how to give...

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Elliott Pell wins QATSIF scholarship

Gold Coast student Elliott Pell has just won a scholarship from Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF). This scholarship will cover Elliott’s tuition fees for Years 11 and 12, which will assist Elliott in completing the AITC program and gaining a full time apprenticeship upon graduating from Year 12 in 2021. Under the...

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The system is failing young tradespeople

Australian Industry Trade College CEO Mark Hands believes that Australia’s outdated education system is failing young people pursuing trades. The front page of the Courier Mail on Thursday 21 November titled ‘Blue Collar Blues’ revealed that Queensland has lost 30 000 apprentices in six years as the regional skills crisis begins to affect the state....

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