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Students get experience creating their own space

HANDS ON: Chase White is one of 20 Gladstone State High School students helping construct the redesigned outdoor space at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
HANDS ON: Chase White is one of 20 Gladstone State High School students helping construct the redesigned outdoor space at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre. Luka Kauzlaric

GLADSTONE Aquatic Centre is a hive of building activity, with renovations for the creation of a new youth space underway.

A group of 20 local young people are providing a hands-on effort, helping construct seating walls on the grassy bank area at the centre as part of structured work placements with construction company McCosker Contracting.

The Year 10 students are part of EQIP's Doorways to Civil Construction Program, which takes them away from the traditional classroom and into the workforce for one day of every school week.

EQIP Doorways to Civil Construction Program co-ordinator Greg Perry said the course provided an introduction to the civil construction industry.

It also provided the students with two of the 20 points they needed to graduate with a Queensland Certificate of Education.

The students are treated the same as any other McCosker workers, he said, which helps them understand the realities of the workplace.

For participant Chase White, working with tools has helped focus his attention on developing trade skills.

"I like it, just because you're outside, using your hands," said the 15-year-old.

Gladstone Regional Council Parks and Recreation portfolio spokesman Graham McDonald said the industry placement program was a wonderful opportunity for local youth to gain vital skills from experience in the workforce.

The creation of a new youth space is part of the Animating Spaces Gladstone Frolic project, and is aimed at attracting more youth to the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.

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