Construction students taste studio success

HAMMER, nails and a whole lot of elbow grease.

Three months of hard work has finally paid off for 13 students involved in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate II in Construction program at Rosny College.

In an effort to get some hands-on experience in the building and construction industry, the young builders took up the challenge to design and construct a 4×3.2-metre modern studio.

Built under the watchful eye of a licenced builder, the finished product is a modern-looking building with a sturdy steel sub-frame, timber wall frames, aluminium double-glazed windows, sliding door and contemporary timber cladding.

Rosny College VET construction coordinator Tim Johns said the idea to construct a studio came from a desire to engage the students in a real project, rather than just a training exercise.

“We were very restricted by the space we had available to build, so I had to look at what we could do on a smaller scale that would still give the students exposure to the various trades in the construction industry,” he said.

“It was also important to end up with a product that we could sell to recover the costs.

“The students have been involved in every stage of the build, from the initial designing and planning phase to the welding of the sub frame, framing, cladding, plastering and painting.”

Mr Johns said it was “fantastic” to watch the students grow with the project.

“Once they stood the wall frames and could see what was happening, their enthusiasm and pride grew dramatically and it was hard to stop them,” he said.

“The project has given them the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and learn many valuable skills, enhancing their chance to gain an apprenticeship within the construction industry.”

Rosny College construction student Ryan Bird said working on the project was “so much better” than being in the classroom.

“The best part was getting to have a go at all the aspects of the build, from the floor frame right through to painting the finished product,” he said.

The studio is now available for purchase.

The best offer (more than $15,750) by close of business on 30 November will be accepted.

To book an inspection of the studio, phone 6244 9200. Enquiries and offers can be made via email to tim.johns@education.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Rosny College year 11 construction students Jack Olding, left, and Tate Harmon.

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