Media Releases: 23 April 2012

Skill Set Shows Promise

The wide ranging and intricate aspects of carpentry that first year apprentice Blake Foster gets to labour on during a normal days work at Historic Village Herberton have given him a better than normal overview of his future trade.

Skill 360 Apprentice of the Year finalist Blake, 18 years old, hails from Herberton town, where he plays rugby league for the Atherton Roosters in his spare time.He chose a carpentry apprenticeship because it offered wide future

options. “Thereʼs a lot of pathways you can take after youʼve finished your four years apprenticeship. Here at

the Village, Iʼm learning a great deal about traditional timber work as well as putting up new buildings to house all the new displays so thereʼs loads of variety to learn. The people training me here are craftsmen too, who are really excellent instructors.”

Blake says the key thing he has learnt in his first year is how to work as a team. “When you leave school you arenʼt really used to working with people, so learning about teamwork and getting used to working together with different people has been the most significant skill Iʼve learnt in my first year,” he said.

The Villageʼs project manager Bill Leet said Blake was an excellent student and employee. “Its very heartening to see a young man willing to work and knowing how to work. Heʼs enthusiastic and he does anything thatʼs asked of him - and sometimes tasks arenʼt so glamorous in our line of work!” said Bill Leet.

“Blakeʼs instructors from Skill360 told us the type of work here isnʼt typical of nowadays and they are pleased he is getting additional instruction here in aspects of carpentry he wouldnʼt otherwise experience in another venue. This includes things like working with round timber(logs, not sawn timber), mixing cement manually, prefabricating roof frames and creating timber steps.” said Bill Leet.

A range of traditional skills will be on display at Historic Village Herberton on Pioneers Weekend 28,19 April, when the outdoor vintage museum opens in a field day format and welcomes hand steel drilling, womensʼ needlecrafts, woodchopping, horse-shoeing, chainsawing, tin panning, harness stitching and more.

Normal admission prices apply during Pioneer Weekend 28,29 April 2012. Adult $25 Concession $22. Children's (4-14 years) $12, Family (2 x 2) $65. Children under 4 years free.

Historic Village Herberton Tel: 40962002 email/info)( Publicity: Mia Lacy, Libra Communications, T: 0419771649