Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'Shed'ding Skills

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'Shed'ding Skills

Article excerpt

Pat Thurgood has never been employed during her life and although she has been a fulltime mum since she was 17, working hard to look after her family, she has always dreamed of being a chippie.

The 48 year old's dream came true recently when she was accepted as a participant in the Shed Project - a course provided by the Cooloola Human Services Network (CHISM), funded by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations and its goal is to help long term unemployed people, like Ms Thurgood, learn carpentry and engineering skills.

"I have been waiting 15 years to do a carpentry course," Ms Thurgood said.

"The chance came up and it was too good to knock back.

"I like boys stuff and have heaps of my own tools," she said with a smile.

The crew at the Shed Project have been busy honing their skills building a huge cubby house and a constructing a box trailer and by Ms Thurgood's account they are learning "heaps" from trainer Ashley Russ. …

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