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The Australian Furniture Association is working with the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council, The Canning Coalition, local High Schools, Group Training Schemes and other Industry Associations in Perth to promote occupations and career opportunities to young people.

Careers that Inspire a Lifestyle aims to expose high school students to the diverse range of occupations and opportunities in the light manufacturing industry including:
• Cabinet Making
• Furniture Making
• Wood Machining
• Soft Furnishings.

The project promotes career pathways to students in years 10 - 12 by scheduling industry people to speak to students about their experiences and by offering tours of industry sites. 

The first two industry site tours were conducted on Wednesday 10 September and hosted by Western Australian AFA members, Atelier Furniture and Quedos Billiards. The site tours proved so popular with students that two tours had be organised for each site. 

Atelier Furniture has built an award-winning reputation for delivering a wide range of high quality office furniture, whether it is a single statement piece or a complete office fit out. The company has been called in on a variety of prestigious projects such as The Perth Mint, the office of the WA Premier and seating for both the upper and lower houses of Parliament House in Canberra.  Managing Director, Peter Judge, commented that the students were impressed by the scale and complexity of the furniture manufacturing process, particularly the state of the art equipment and computer design and manufacturing techniques.

A visit to Quedos Billiard Tables provided quite a different perspective for the students. Quedos Billiard Tables is Australia's leading name in custom built billiard tables whose craftsmen are devoted to achieving perfection with original designs in Australian and exotic timbers, handcrafted with the highest attention to every detail. Owner/Manager, Robert Vudrag, demonstrated the same attention to detail in educating students on life in a light manufacturing workplace. While the materials and hand crafting captured the student’s imagination, their knowledge of employment options in the furniture and cabinet making industries was also greatly enhanced.

Feedback from the schools involved was that the students “absolutely loved” the tours and benefited enormously from the experience. 

Further visits to light manufacturing work sites are planned for term 4 of 2014 and in each school term of 2015.  If you can support this important and worthwhile initiative by speaking at a high school or providing a tour of your workplace, please contact Colin Nagle by email at cnagle@australianfurniture.org.au or by phone on 0499 787 247.