Students participate in ‘Try A Trade’ at Tweed Valley Hospital

Hundreds of students across Northern New South Wales went behind-the-scenes at Tweed Valley Hospital this month, as part of local construction careers expo Try a Trade.

A partnership between Lendlease, TAFE NSW and NSW Department of Education, the Try a Trade careers expo showcased construction industry jobs and training opportunities to help young people make informed decisions about their careers.

Jerome Johnson, General Manager of Construction, Lendlease says it’s a terrific initiative for students to try first-hand the different trades and roles available in the construction industry.

“At Lendlease, teaching the next generation is an important part of how we invest in the communities in which we operate,” says Johnson.

“To complement the careers expo, our team also hosted tours of the project site to explain the different stages of construction and demonstrate how each trade or role contributes to the overall construction process.”

Secondary students from schools across the region including Tweed, Mullumbimby and Woodlawn, were invited to sample a trade while having the opportunity to hear first-hand career advice from apprentices, trainers and construction employers.

This marks the second Try a Trade for Tweed Valley Hospital, with more than 100 students also visiting the project site back in June 2022.

David Harris, Construction Head Teacher, TAFE NSW says, “TAFE NSW is uniquely positioned to arm students with the hands-on, practical skills they need to develop successful careers.”

The Tweed Valley Hospital project is being delivered by Lendlease for Health Infrastructure NSW and comprises a new state-of-the-art hospital for the Tweed-Byron region. The new hospital is on track to open to patients in 2023.

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