More than 200 students from Katherine and Big Rivers Region have gone behind the scenes at RAAF Base Tindal's stage six redevelopment and airfield infrastructure upgrade as part of a career expo.
The Try'a Trade Expo - hosted by Lendlease and supported by Department of Defence - showcased construction industry jobs and training opportunities to help young people in Katherine make career decisions on on September 16.
According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, the number of trade apprenticeships started by Australians aged 15-24 years are at their lowest level since 2002.
"The 'Try'a Trade' Expo is a one-stop-shop providing an opportunity for students to try first-hand the different trades and roles in the construction industry and speak directly with trade apprentices, trainers, local employers and industry representatives," General Manager of Lendlease's Building business in Queensland and Northern Territory, Brad Protheroe, said.
"We recognise that to alleviate the effects of future skills shortages we need to invest in a new generation of apprentices and trainees."
"Lendlease has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Katherine High School earlier this year as a means of gaining support and involvement from industry and government in providing more 'real world' career education and opportunities for students.
"To compliment the Expo, our team held tours of the project highlighting the different stages of construction and demonstrating how each trade or role contributes to the building process."
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In addition to the Try'a Trade event, Lendlease is running a Job Ready program at Tindal to provide work experience and preemployment opportunities for both indigenous and local jobseekers.
The Job Ready program is in partnership with the Department of Defence, Northern Territory Government, RPS Group and currently has 85 registered jobseekers, with some program participants having already gained employment.
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