Build a Trailer now taking shape

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Taranaki students enrolled on the ‘build a trailer’ project, in collaboration with WITT and Engineering Taranaki Consortium, have now started work on the programme’s very first trailer. Over the coming weeks students will complete the trailer as part of the Trades Academy Engineering Level 3 course.

The Trades Academy programme is designed for year 11-12 secondary school students interested in pursuing an engineering pathway. Modelled off the successful ‘build a bach’ project launched in 2014, the programme is designed to effectively bring together students and industry. Students spend one day a week on campus at WITT building the trailer, and a second day out gaining industry experience with Engineering Taranaki Consortium members.

WITT Trades Academy manager Melissa Kay is pleased with the feedback from students so far “students are really enjoying the opportunity to build the trailer as part of the course” she said. Engineering Taranaki Consortium members are also reporting positive feedback “students have been visiting selected member companies since the beginning of the term and are starting to really settle into the engineering environment” said chair Pat Hills.

Taranaki futures’ is a charitable organisation with a purpose to enable Taranaki’s youth towards prosperous pathways from education to employment. Programmes such as this are just one of the ways this purpose is fulfilled.

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