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Young educator, Sam Rogers, has traded tools for teaching, embedding sustainable construction practices into class

Twelve high-school students from Warwick and the Southern Downs are building a scaled-down version of a house through the Warwick Cubby House project as part of their Certificate I in Construction (CPC10120) TAFE at School studies.

Overseen by educator and qualified builder Sam Rogers, the finished project will be donated to a Warwick Childcare and Early Learning Centre, embedding the concept of circular economy within TAFE Queensland’s southern footprint.

Sam, who is passionate about sustainable construction practices, explained the value this project provides to the students.

“These students learn the same skills and use the same tools and terminology that they’ll use on a regular build site to get them ready to go out to industry.”

“The wall frames are up and they are working on framing the roof this week,” Sam said.

A former TAFE Queensland student himself, Sam completed his Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30220 | 104863K) as an apprentice.

Working with apprentices on the job during their training, he realised the value that he could provide to young students as a TAFE Queensland educator, to encourage them to become next generation of building apprentices.

Some high-school students learn better hands on and a TAFE at School qualification can assist them in their career goal — even if they don‘t know what that is yet. A pre-apprenticeship course like the Certificate I in Construction (CPC10120) allows high school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to gain base-level skills that are a foundation for entry into the workforce.

Students that decide to pursue a career in that field can then decide to go straight into an "earn-while-you-learn" school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, or complete their school studies before pursuing an apprenticeship.