TAFE Queensland construction students are putting their hard work and skills to good use, with dog kennels they built as part of their training being donated to the RSPCA in Toowoomba.

The kennels were made by eleven TAFE at School students from our Warwick campus as a project that covers up to 70% of the skills that students must learn and practice to complete their Certificate I in Construction.

Constructed with people’s beloved pets in mind, they are made from untreated weatherboards and water based paint to ensure that there’s no harm if pets chew on their new kennel.

TAFE Queensland foundation skills teacher Charles White started the project with the Warwick class and said he was glad to be a part of a project that benefitted the students and the community.

“This project is one of the five projects that we get our TAS students to complete each year, and it teaches them several key skills including workplace communication, how to measure and calculate, read plans, and how to use tools and equipment,” Charles said.

RSPCA Toowoomba Shelter Manager Cassandra Vida Ellis said that the kennels would be a great assistance to the shelter and would be used to help them with their fundraising efforts.

“The kennels are wonderful, and we’ll make them available for members of the public to purchase when they come to adopt their new pet from us at our shelter."

“The money raised will then be used to fund our vital shelter services that create a better world for all animals in our care that have been lost, injured, abandoned or neglected,” Cassandra said.

Students completing a Certificate I in Construction at both the Toowoomba and Warwick campuses will continue to build dog kennels as one of their projects, and are looking forward to continuing to assist animal shelters and the RSPCA through their work.

“We envisage that as more students move through these courses that we can continue to support these organisations by providing donating the completed kennels to them.” Charles said.



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