WORKING with students who are keen on a construction or building career is an everyday job for Dianna Hockins, who loves the fact that she is in many ways, changing lives. As the school liaison coordinator for Apprenticeships Queensland, it is Dianna’s job to work with schools across the Ipswich region and organise the hands that will make a difference to the house that is going to stand for decades to come in Herbert Street, Sadlier’s Crossing.
As part of the Building Futures Program, Apprenticeships Queensland has partnered with TAFE Queensland and many schools, to
offer hands-on, real-time experience working on a home renovation. The home is currently a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home, but by the end of the year, it will have two levels along with will have an extra three bedrooms downstairs along with a big rumpus room.
Fourteen school-based apprentices are out of the classroom and under Dianna’s wing, learning their trade which in many cases can lead to a full-time job when they graduate. In total 54 students will get real-time experience on the project this year, and already attention is turning to the next intake of eager young tradies.
“The program has been running since February last year and I work closely with the
schools to source the students, fit the criteria then work with the schools through the
program,” Ms. Hockins said.