Kids get out of the classroom in DSHS Trade Futures program
STUDENTS itching to avoid a future of computer screens, desks and office lighting are getting their hands dirty in Dalby State High School's Trade Futures Program.
Allowing students to focus on building a career in a trade, the program runs for two years and gives students a sneak peek into - and the opportunity to try - a variety of trades through school.
The program, which has been taking place for 10 years, runs for two years, with 2019's Year 11 participants just getting started.
Dan Scott, only a few weeks into the program and already a small motor mechanics apprentice, was glad for the opportunity to try out the different areas of manufacturing and engineering the program involved.
"It gives you the opportunity to try different trades,” he said.
"Come the end of Year 12, when you've tried everything, you'll have enough information to make a choice.”
Another newbie to the program, Bryce Billington was already an apprentice boilermaker when he enrolled in the program.
He said he wanted to avoid sitting in an office five days a week.
"This gives me the opportunity to learn to do something manual and physical,” he said.
Students well into the program were engaged with and enjoying the material.
Year 12 students Tex Johnson and Ryan Robinson were excited to experience what the industry had to offer.
Ryan said he particularly enjoyed building a race car - one of the hallmarks of the program.
Students are required to build the vehicle from scratch.
Head of Department Bruce Burt said the program was sponsored by White Industries, with a large donation to the school as well as tool bags for each trades' student.
"We really value White Industries' support of the program,” Mr Burt said.