July 29, 2016

The Trade Shed

The Trade Shed is a facility for young people who are exploring trade-based careers. Participants have the opportunity to ‘taste’ a range of activities to give them an idea of the skills and understanding required to undertake particular trades. Career planning resources are also available.

Since Shaping Futures set up the Trade Shed, students have been involved in automotive projects, including mechanics, rust removal and spray painting. They have constructed garden tubs and eskies from wine barrels and helped to renovate the shed, with the addition of a kitchen, outdoor BBQ area and new toilet facilities.

Most of the training is non-accredited with the potential to offer some accredited training in the future. Certificates of Participation / Competency are issued at the completion of each ‘course’.

Some of the skills learnt at the Trade Shed include:
* Automotive
* Construction
* Wet Trades
* Metal Work
* Electronics
* Landscaping

For more information on The Trade Shed and to find out if it is suitable for you click here to download a copy of our brochure or call or email:

Shaping Futures:               8842 2268         admin@shapingfutures.education

Automotive Action


Bringing old vehicles back to life is an ongoing project at the Trade Shed. The crew has renovated several vehicles, including a 1982 Rodeo ute, donated by Roy and Caroline Schaefer of Buckinnie Vineyard, which is used to transport building supplies and collect wine barrels. Trailers that have seen better days are also refurbished, with students involved in removing rust, fixing brakes and bearings and spray painting.

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Wine Barrel Eskies


Barrels from Clare Valley wineries are given a new lease of life at the Trade Shed, with students reinventing them as eskies. The half wine barrels are painted with waterproof tile membrane and fitted with a hinged timber lid. Four caster wheels mean the eskies can be easily moved around and a bath plug is also part of the design to allow for drainage.

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Trade Shed Renovations


The Trade Shed itself has undergone a facelift thanks to the handiwork of students. Outside, it now has a paved outdoor area and BBQ, a deck with tables and seats and a new toilet block. Inside, the kitchen was renovated, wooden racks constructed to store timber and a mezzanine floor built to hold supplies.

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