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.