Tafe East Coast trades open day - yr10 student Zachary Staunton tests his skill on the Virtual Welding Trainer as BOC area mgr. Patrick Bortignon looks on. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Tafe East Coast trades open day - yr10 student Zachary Staunton tests his skill on the Virtual Welding Trainer as BOC area mgr. Patrick Bortignon looks on. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Building dreams at TAFE East Coast

THERE is nothing more 15-year-old Zac Staunton wants to do than build houses, so he went along to TAFE East Coast's Hervey Bay campus trades open day to find out the best way to achieve his dream of being a carpenter.

When he was little, Zac spent his free time in the tool shed building with his grandad.

Because of his fond memories, he has been inspired to build furniture, boats and homes as a career.

"It's just something I've always wanted to do as a job," Zac said.

"So hopefully (at the open day) I can get some information about how to do a certificate or an apprenticeship."

The campus open day ran from 10.30 to 1.30 and included a welding simulator, workshop tours and hole-drilling competitions.

Terry Ward from TAFE East Coast said the trades open day showed Fraser Coast trade businesses and future apprentices what opportunities were out there.

"We want to create a cycle of employment where we train apprentices to get on site and do the work so they're job-ready," Mr Ward said.

"Of course that's a benefit for employers who will have ready-to-go staff, and the apprentices who get jobs."