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Play equipment provides career training for trades students

14 Nov 2015

Deciding to take up a trade is a pretty smart move from a career perspective, but when you’re still a teenager it can be hard to imagine the impact your work might have on your clients.

That’s why Melbourne Polytechnic’s Ticket to a Trade program for foundation and intermediate Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students has a mandatory community project as part of the training.

The Ticket to a Trade program is designed to give students hands-on exposure to twelve different building trades, including bricklaying, electrical, plumbing and plastering. This gives them the opportunity to try out different potential careers before deciding which direction they will take.

Current students, based at the institute’s Heidelberg campus, were commissioned by Bellevue Kindergarten in Bulleen to build play equipment that would engage the children in active imaginary play.

The students managed all aspects of the process, including making patterns based on the final design, ordering materials and building prototypes.

The play equipment, which included a wooden airplane climbing frame, a bird feeder, and weaving frames, was handed over by the Ticket to a Trade students to the Kindergarten staff and children during a special visit on Thursday 12 November.

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Previous students have built Cape Cod chairs for Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) public housing projects, desks, workstations and tables for DHHS offices, and also refurbished the signage at the Olympic Village shopping centre in Heidelberg.

“At the end of the program, all students will have a Construction Induction (CI) Card, which enables them to work on any construction site in Australia,” says Brett Hoggard, Teacher, Vocational Pathways, Youth Unit.

“They can then choose whether they will go on to a pre-apprenticeship course or do another VCAL course. The course is about 80 percent hands on work, so these students really know what’s involved with their potential career path when they’ve finished.”

Ash, a friendly and confident 16 year old from Heidelberg, has already decided he wants to be a plumber rather than going on to university.

“I love it, I love working with the fixtures. I’d like to focus on commercial plumbing,” he said.

The next step for Ash (pictured below with Max) is to move on to his pre-apprenticeship course (Certificate II in Plumbing) before securing an apprenticeship with an employer.


If you would like more information about our Ticket to a Trade program, please visit our website  or call our Course Enquiry Centre on 03 9269 8400. Information about applying for our trades courses via VTAC is available on our website.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1477649729e.cin1477649729hcety1477649729lopen1477649729ruobl1477649729em@sn1477649729oitac1477649729inumm1477649729oC1477649729

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.