Building friendship, skills and cubby houses

From left, Gordon carpentry teacher Col Evans with Colac Secondary College student Sam Young and Trinity College’s Ashley Arceri.

BUDDING Colac and district carpenters have built cubby houses, friendships and skills this year.

Twelve students from Trinity College, Colac Secondary College and Lavers Hill K-12 College have spent their Wednesdays at The Gordon’s Colac campus for carpentry training.

The first-year Vocational Education and Training in Schools students have used their skills to build cubby houses for their schools.

Gordon carpentry teacher Col Evans said the project was a practical approach for the teens to learn about the elements of building a house, including hand-tool and power-tool use.

“It may look simple, but the cubbies include all construction elements of a house, including floors, walls, roof, cladding, doors and windows – just on a smaller scale, so it’s an ideal project for students to start their training,” Mr Evans said.

The teens had their final class last week.

Mr Evans said the two-year course would help students gain a pre-apprenticeship carpentry qualification.

“Some of these students are hoping to secure full-time apprenticeships after secondary school so the program has certainly given them an edge, allowing them to achieve their pre-apprenticeship and a range of practical skills which are highly sought by employers,” he said.

Trinity College Year 10 student Jordan Morrissy said he had enjoyed working with classmates and students from other schools.

They worked in teams of four to build three cubby houses.

“It’s been good learning all the skills, it’s just hands-on and getting outside and working,” Jordan said.

“They actually look pretty good,” he said of the cubbies.

“The most challenging part was probably the roof pitch and trying to get the angles right.”

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