Skills Try-A-Trade is a project that introduces students to a variety
of trades and jobs in a practical and engaging way.
tradespeople from the community come together at one
venue to work with the students in small groups. They teach
the students a skill that is hands-on
and that illustrates what their job is like. For example,
students work with a plumber to change a washer and clear a trap.
The tradespeople also talk to the students about pathways they can
take to enter that job and the need to stay at school to ensure
they have the necessary skills to take up the education and training.
After the event, the students receive a booklet with information
about each of the jobs they tried, local apprentice profiles, and
local contact details for training programs.
Skills prompts Year 8 & 9 students to start thinking about what
they might like to do as a job. Taking the traditional
careers market one step further, at a Croc Skills event, students
get to actually try each of the jobs on offer, to get a first hand
taste of what each job involves and learn some real skills associated
with each occupation.
Skills was pioneered in 2001 & 2002 in Moree NSW, and Port Augusta
SA, and has now become a successful and popular part of the Croc
Festivals around the country. It is a model
that can be easily replicated by schools and communities nationwide.
you are looking for something to engage the young people in your
area that is fun and interesting and gets them thinking about what
job they might want to do, have a look around this site and consider
organising a Croc Skills event in your community.
the following pages you can have a look at the variety of Croc Skills
projects around the country, find out what is involved in organising
this kind of event and download a practical
resource manual for the project.