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WorkPac Mackay Major Sponsor for Local Program Helping Students Find their Trade

11/07/2018BY: Tracey Mesken

​The ‘Try a Trade’ program offers students in the Mackay region an opportunity to be introduced to a variety of trades.

Held consecutively since 2009 in the third term of the school year, Mackay Engineering College’s (MEC) ‘Try a Trade’ Program is one of several fantastic programs the College provides to high school students in the Mackay Region.

Offered to sixty Year 10 students from six different schools in the region, the participants attend one day a week for five weeks of the term, going along to a variety of workshops and industry tours.

Following the completion of the program, the students then have the option to enrol at college to complete a trade.

This is the second year WorkPac Mackay has sponsored the event, and Business Centre Manager Mr Darian Lawson is excited to get involved again with a $5000 donation.

“We first sponsored the event last year, and it was fantastic to see so much interest both from the students and from those within the industry”.

“At the completion of last years program 100% of the students who participated gave it a positive review, which really affirmed for us how great this program is”.

“Following on from that we knew we had to get involved again this year” he said.

Mr Lawson says the sponsorship is part of WorkPac’s continued commitment to focusing on local employment.

“This program offers clear career pathways for students interested in a trade and we hope they go on to be successful with our clients, including Darymple Bay Coal Terminal”.

“Our sponsorship affords us a great opportunity to help grow youth employment, with the ultimate goal of increasing local employment”.

“We recruit for a variety of trades positions, so having young people upskilled and ready to work grows the pool of local candidates so we can keep jobs within the region”.

For more information on Mackay Engineering College, head to their website 

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