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Year 9 Students Explore Exciting Construction Careers at Construction Futures Centre!

On Friday, 9 June 2023, a group of our Year 9 students visited the Construction Futures Centre in Belmont. This state-of-the-art facility was specifically designed to ignite their curiosity and shed light on the vast array of career opportunities within the dynamic Building and Construction sector.

Stepping into the centre, students were greeted with interactive displays and cutting-edge virtual reality technology, offering them an immersive experience in understanding various work roles. They delved into the world of crane operations and got hands-on with excavating equipment, gaining valuable insights into: Residential, Commercial and Civil Construction plus careers in the Resource sector.

Additionally, our students received valuable knowledge about trade-related career pathways, discovering a wide range of professional and business roles within the industry.

This comprehensive excursion was part of the Year 9 Career Taster program, a collaborative effort led by Miss Teagan Doyle, Head of Year 9, and Mr. Briers, Head of Learning Area - Career Services. The program aims to assist Year 9 students in exploring their interests and shaping their future career aspirations. Prior to the excursion, Miss Doyle and Mr Briers worked closely with the students, discussing their interest in construction careers.

The Year 9 students eagerly joined the excursion to the Construction Futures Centre, seeking further insights into construction pathways, including the renowned Construction Training Fund (CTF) Scholarship program available for students in Years 11 and 12. Plus learning about Try-A-Trade opportunities that will be available in Semester 2 this year. Our students are very excited to participate in the upcoming construction related events such as the Try-A-Trades.

The CTF Scholarships present an incredible opportunity for students to embark on a promising career in construction while still pursuing their studies at the College. The program seamlessly combines work experience, training, and education, empowering students to explore and plan their future career options. Specifically tailored for Year 11 and Year 12 students, the scholarship program acts as a steppingstone towards securing an apprenticeship and establishing a thriving career in the building and construction industry.

Applications are now open for Year 10 students wishing to apply for the CTF Scholarship in 2024.

Our Lady of Mercy College would like to thank the staff at the Construction Futures Centre for hosting our students and providing fantastic construction careers information.

For more information on the Try–A-Trade and the Scholarship program, please contact the College Career Services team via email

Or, visit the Career Services office located next to IT, and speak with one of the Career Services Team members; Mr Briers, Ms Gunson and Ms Moore.

More information is also available on:

CTF Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarship Program: Explore Career Options | Scholarship Pre-Apprenticeship Courses

We went to Perth by bus. We went to this place called Constructions Futures Centre. We started off with a meeting explaining all the different jobs in the construction industry. Then we went into the simulation area and used all the different simulators for construction jobs. There was a crane operating one, rigging one, bob cat one, brick laying one, grader one and more. Then we had a presentation explaining the different paths to get into the jobs we might like in the future. Then we headed back to school. Overall, it was a great experience to have and very fun to try out all of the different simulators and activities. Corey Fraser – Year 9
Today we went to the Constructions Futures Centre. We learnt about construction and the safety of the work environment. We learnt how to drive some machinery using VR, and we learnt about what trades we can go in to and what suits us. The quicksand activity was intriguing, where you got to plan a lay out for a home or building. Kay Bateman, Year 9

I really enjoyed the Constructions Futures Centre because it helped me to explore my interests and give them more of a go. The excursion opened my opportunities of careers. Freya O’Brien, Year 9

You never know what you want to do until you try it and its good to have a look at different things. Abra Pergoliti, Year 9

Very fun and interactive learned lots Zoe Williams, Year 9

I loved the VR part where I could feel what it would be like in the work industry. Lucas Cherubino, Year 9

It taught me lots of stuff and gave me a good understanding on what career I may choose. Taj O’Connell, Year 9


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