TAFE Queensland SkillsTech celebrated National Carpenters Week at its
Bracken Ridge and Acacia Ridge training centres in Brisbane to recognise the
accomplishments of Australia’s carpenters.
A popular fixture in TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s annual event calendar,
National Carpenters Week is, according to TAFE Queensland SkillsTech carpentry
teacher and event coordinator Gerry Ryan, a great opportunity for students, partners,
suppliers and supporters to come together and celebrate the contribution of carpenters
to the environment and the community.
Gerry said that an army of carpenters volunteered time, energy and
effort as part of the mammoth rebuilding process following the 2011 floods. More
recently, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech’s carpentry students and teachers
volunteered their time with the Starlight Children’s Foundation on a variety of
projects, including bedroom makeovers for sick kids such as building cabinetry
to conceal medications and turn the room into a fun place, and installing
shelves, benches, hammock chairs and beds.
Another team of volunteer carpentry students led by Advanced Building
Studies Teacher Stephen Hughes built and installed an impressive cubby house in
the backyard of a Brisbane family with a sick child.
The TAFE Queensland SkillsTech National Carpenters Week BBQs were
supported by industry partners including Total Tools, All Trades Queensland,
Irwin Tools, Bosch, Makita, Paslode, EastCoast Apprenticeships, Tiger Safety,
Airco, DeWalt, Senco, Milwaukee, Mates In Construction, Construction Skills
Queensland and CBus.