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GTA is the national peak body representing the Network of over 150 Group Training Organisations (GTOs)
employing over 40,000 apprentices and trainees throughout Australia.



5 March 2008

                   Gladstone ‘Try A Trade’ event offers
                       hands-on trade experience
Hundreds of students and those interested in a career in trades will get the chance to test
out their skills and learn about a range of trade career options at the GAGAL ‘Try A Trade’
event to be held 6, 7 and 8 March in Gladstone Queensland.

The event will give participants the opportunity to experience trades including carpentry,
painting and decorating, bricklaying, tiling, plumbing, electrical, floor laying, motor
mechanics, fitting and turning, boilermaking, hairdressing, hospitality, warehousing, retail,
IT and horticulture.

Try A Trade is strongly supported by Group Training Australia - the largest employer
network of apprentices and trainees in Australia – and is funded by the Department of
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. This particular project is the first in a
series of Try a Trade events that will be rolled out by Group Training Australia across the
country over the next few months.

The Gladstone event aims to raise awareness about the extensive career opportunities
available through vocational education and training and will be hosted by Gladstone Area
Group Apprentices (GAGAL) in association with WorldSkills Australia. It will be held at the
GAGAL Technical Training Centre, 28 Beckinsale Street, Gladstone.

Group Training Australia CEO, Jim Barron said the Try A Trade initiative is a practical tool
for informing students and others in the community on possible career paths.

“Try A Trade gives those who are interested in learning about their trade career options
the chance to get their hands dirty and try out a variety of trades in an informative and
safe environment.”

Mr. Barron also said the program is timely in encouraging the uptake of apprenticeships
during a time of skills shortages and renewed government focus on skills and training.

“With such a high priority on skills within the national agenda, this program will not only
promote the value of an apprenticeship or traineeship as a career path, but it will give the
participants the knowledge and skills to make an informed career choice.”

Gladstone Area Group Apprentices was established in 1985. It currently employs more
than 450 apprentices and trainees and has three braches: Gladstone, Biloela and
Blackwater.

For information about the event please contact Jodie Innes, Group Training Australia, 02
9299 6099 or Jodie.innes@grouptraining.com.au.

Media Contact: Renata Davis, Foresight Communications, 02 9241 2811, 0438 525 413
rdavis@forecoms.com.au.



         Patron - His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC (Retd) Governor-General of Australia

				
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