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Students introduced to construction industry

Construction Industry Tour
The Construction Industry Tour aims to inspire future tradespeople in the region. Photo: JRZ Homes

Students looking to start a career in building and trade will be equipped with the right tools and knowledge when the Construction Industry Tour kicks off in the region this week.

The event, organised by JRZ Homes and supported by McHugh Steel, Link and Launch and Bundaberg Regional Council, forms part of a week-long focus on local job opportunities.

On Thursday 6 October, high school students will tour various construction sites, developments, display homes and more to gain an insight into the world of trade skills.

JRZ Homes director Jesse Zielke said the aim of the day was to inspire the region’s youth to build a career in construction.

“The idea is to encourage students to sign up to a Construction Skills Queensland Program called ‘Trade Ready’ as the next step in the pathway to gaining employment in the construction industry,” he said.

“This is the start of a great pathways program that will benefit many youth for hopefully years to come.”

According to Construction Skills Queensland, there is more than 3,500 major building projects in the works across the Wide Bay region for 2022-2023.

This is compared to just over 1,000 in 2019-2020.

Job vacancies in the industry have also seen a huge increase, with almost 40 positions available in March alone.

The Trade Ready program aims to inspire the next generation of construction workers, leaders and business owners in a thriving industry.

Jesse said there was plenty of job opportunities to explore, with the upcoming Construction Industry Tour the perfect introduction to what can be achieved locally.

The Construction Industry Tour will kick off on Thursday 6 October with local high schools including Bundaberg North, Kepnock, Shalom College, Isis District, Gin Gin and Rosedale all involved.

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