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Year 9 and 10 Students Visit The Construction Futures Centre for Interactive Learning Opportunities

Recently, a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students visited the Construction Futures Centre in Belmont. This purpose-built facility is designed to provide students with information on career opportunities within the Building and Construction sector.

Students were able to access interactive displays and use virtual reality technology to learn about different types of work roles. For example, this included learning about crane operations and using excavating equipment within the Civil Construction and Resource sector.

Students also learnt about trade/sector-related career opportunities, including professional and business-related job roles within the sector.

This excursion was part of the Year 9 Career Taster program, an initiative by Head of Year 9, Miss Drage, and Head of Learning Area - Career Services, Mr Briers, to assist Year 9 students in finding their interests and future career goals. Miss Drage and Mr Briers were able to work with these students and discuss their interest in construction careers prior to attending the excursion.

A small group of Year 10 students that have been involved in the Try–A–Trade program this year also came along. They joined the excursion to the Construction Futures Centre to learn more about construction pathways, including the Construction Training Fund (CTF) Scholarship program available to students in Years 11 and 12.

The CTF Scholarships allow students to take the first step towards a career in construction while still studying at the College. The course is designed to combine work experience, training and education while helping students explore and plan career options. The program is suitable for Year 11 and Year 12 students, and provides an excellent stepping stone in securing an apprenticeship and career in building and construction.

Applications are now open for Year 10 students wishing to apply for the CTF Scholarship in 2023.

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, Mrs Peacock and Ms Burgess.

More information is also available on:

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


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