MEN AT WORK: Apprentices Jordan Teuber and George Ringrose will take part in the 'Building Futures Program' A house renovation project in North Ipswich.
MEN AT WORK: Apprentices Jordan Teuber and George Ringrose will take part in the 'Building Futures Program' A house renovation project in North Ipswich. Rob Williams

Renovation kick-starts Ipswich jobs

FIFTEEN apprentices, one renovator's dream of a house, and six months of hard yakka.

Apprenticeships Queensland and TAFE South West have gone to great lengths to ensure that a group of young job seekers gets the best on-site experience possible.

In the coming weeks, the 15 school-based apprentices - as well as 20 Certificate 1 Construction students - will embark on the comprehensive renovation of a three-bedroom timber house on Hill St, North Ipswich.

Led by a qualified builder, the Ipswich year 11 and 12 students will be hands on as they pretty-up this run down renovator and hopefully develop enough skills and knowledge to kick-start their careers in the building or painting trade.

Apprenticeships Queensland general manager Paul Hillberg said the Building Futures Program was unique because it would provide the job seekers with the practical experience they couldn't get in a classroom.

"For us, we thought about what our host organisations would need from it," Mr Hillberg said.

"What the students get from this is significant site experience. We'll have a builder on site, but the true workers are the school-based apprentices."

Ipswich secondary schools including Bundamba, Bremer, Ipswich, Laidley, Rosewood, St Edmunds, and Springfield Central are involved.

The QT will be following the progress of the Building Futures Program each week for the next 26 weeks. Keep reading your QT for updates on how the students, and the home, are coming along.



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