They say the future lies in the youth – and if local training organisation, Gold Coast Trades College, is anything to go by, they’re in good hands. On a Friday afternoon the workshops of this well-presented training college in the Currumbin Industrial Park are buzzing with students from local high schools undertaking their vocational education training, while apprentices and trainers bounce through the halls.
Gold Coast Trades College is managed by Glenn Raine, a local builder with over 25 years’ experience, alongside owner Sharna Bradley who started the Registered Training Organisation, People and Performance Solutions (PPS) in 2004.
As well as overseeing the Trades college side of things, Glenn himself teaches carpentry apprentices, waterproofing, builders’ licences and project management. His own background as a business owner in the construction industry allows him to impart the skills he learnt in business to all of his students.
“You can be the best carpenter on the tools, but it’s not just about your craft. Being successful in business comes down to how well you communicate,” says Glenn. “Young people in particular need to learn these skills – everything from the language they use to taking their own rubbish off site at the end of the day. It’s the little things.”
Gold Coast Trades College was borne from the idea to deliver focused trade training and support the local employer community – making it easier for them to do business.
“A lot of the employers can’t afford to lose their helping hand for two weeks straight to take time out for training, particularly when they are just a one-man-band plus an apprentice,” says Glenn. “So we have always offered a flexible solution that supports the employers and doesn’t disrupt their business. We can get a call in the morning and accommodate an apprentice that day if it suits the business owner.”
Demand for this personalised service saw them needing to expand and they moved their premises from Robina to Currumbin, adding workshops to deliver practical training – and at the same time filling a gap in the market for professional trades training on the Southern Gold Coast.
As well as training vocational students and apprentices through Gold Coast Trades College, PPS also offers courses to upskill and develop business owners and professionals – everything from customer service for call centre staff to leadership and management courses for CEO’s.
With 6 full time trainers and up to 12 contract trainers, they also deliver training nationally to Telstra staff, provide on-site training for businesses on the Sunshine Coast and out to Ipswich, and hold several contracts for the delivery of Queensland Government programs including Skilling Queenslanders for Work – a program that focuses on practical skills for youth who have disengaged from the traditional schooling system.
However, it is within the local community that Glenn sees the most opportunity for growth for the college. “We’re here to do the right thing by our local community and be of service. We are a true service industry, and we hope our quality is portrayed through our outcomes.
“Locally we’re seeing a slow, steady increase in the construction industry which is a great sign. It gives business owners the confidence to take on young people and grow their business and the industry through apprentices.
“That’s what we are here for – we want local businesses to use this facility and we are working on some new projects that will allow us to give back to the community as well.”
Gold Coast Trades College and PPS College are located at 6 Hayter Street, Currumbin Waters, and can be contacted on (07) 5669 9000 or by visiting their website http://www.peopleperformance.com.au/