TRADEN on board HMAS Choules at Garden Island

TRADEN Trade & Construction School students are gaining highly valuable hands-on experience and opportunities thanks to primary supporter Oak Services Group and their strong working relationships with their clients including Atlantic & Peninsula Australia.

One such opportunity is providing effective and reliable solutions on board the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Choules.

Over a three year period, a group of young men and women from the TRADEN program have been assisting Oak Services Group and Atlantic & Peninsula with the maintenance program on board and around the dock of HMAS Choules at Sydney’s Garden Island Navy Base.

From site setups, general trades, skilled operators and all all aspects of the maintenance program, TRADEN, through Oak Services Group, has become an essential part of the team aboard HMAS Choules.

“We’re very proud to be actively supporting the TRADEN youth program with genuine hands-on experiences and opportunities that not only make a difference in the lives of the young men and women involved in the TRADEN program, but also make a significant and positive difference for our customers and clients,” says Oak Services Group Managing Director, Glenn Stewart.

“We thank both Atlantic & Peninsula and the Royal Australian Navy for their trust in having both Oak Services Group and TRADEN on board and contributing to the important and essential HMAS Choules maintenance program.”

The video and photos below provide an insight into how TRADEN and Oak Services Group are assisting Atlantic & Peninsula Australia with the HMAS Choules maintenance program.

Commissioned in December 2011, HMAS Choules is an amphibious Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD) ship based on the Royal Schelde Enforcer design. It is a 16,000 tonne ship capable of carrying over 300 troops, 23 Abrams tanks, 150 light trucks, 2 landing craft, and is also capable of operating Navy helicopters including the MH-60R Seahawk and the Australian Army’s S-70A Black Hawk.

Click here to learn more about HMAS Choules.

$22,000 donated to help Save Our Kids from Suicide (SOKS)

TRADEN is proud to have been a major supporter of the SOKS (Save Our Kids from Suicide) fundraiser campaign that has generated a donation of $22,000 to help continue to provide important youth suicide prevention and education programs in the community.

“We’re very proud to have played our part in generating some very important funds for a very important cause,” said TRADEN Founder, Adam Rose.

“We thank everyone who got on board and supported the cause and it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to hand over another $22,000 to SOKS to help with the fantastic work they continue to do in our community.”

The campaign included a fundraiser raffle with some great prizes including a Harley-Davidson® Street Bob 114 Motorcycle as 1st prize.

The raffle was drawn live at the Terrigal Trojans annual long lunch event, held at Terrigal Rugby Club on the NSW Central Coast on Friday 12th April, where 1st prize winner Michael Newton from Galaxy Group was in attendance and decided there and then that he’d donate the Harley back to the cause, which resulted in a live auction with 2 winning bidders in Andrew Baker from Baker Built and Iliya Adams from Custom Ceilings.

1st Prize: Harley-Davidson® Street Bob 114 Motorcycle

Congratulations Michael Newton – Galaxy Group (donated back to the cause)

2nd Prize: NordicTrack RW700 NT22 Rower

Congratulations Chris Hicks

3rd Prize: iPhone 15 128GB

Congratulations Sharon Newman

Click here for full details regarding the winners.

The fundraiser for SOKS was an initiative of TRADEN and Terrigal Benevolent Committee, together with Oak Services Group, Kadyn Civil & Drainage and Tuxco.

Visit to find out more and to support Save Our Kids from Suicide.

Save Our Kids from Suicide (SOKS) Fundraiser: WIN a Harley-Davidson

Traden Trade & Construction School is proudly supporting an important fundraiser, driving increased awareness and funds towards the prevention of youth suicide in our community.

Established to provide support, guidance and opportunities for young men and women throughout Australia, Traden understands first hand how some positive encouragement and support can change a young person’s life for good!

Not only can you join Traden in support of this important cause, but everyone who gets involved also goes in the draw to win some great prizes up for grabs including a Harley-Davidson Street Bob motorcycle valued at over $29,000 as the major prize.

Tickets in the Save Our Kids from Suicide (SOKS) – WIN a Harley fundraiser raffle are $20 each and can be purchased online by clicking on the graphic below.

New Mentors join Traden group Impact session

Traden apprentices and mentors from across New South Wales all came together for an ‘all in’ group session at Impact Centre in Erina on the Central Coast on Thursday 23 February, where Traden Founder Adam Rose officially introduced two new Traden mentors in Chris Hicks and Sam Wykes.

Hicks, a former NRL and UK Super League player who also represented NSW Country, is now based in Newcastle and will focus primarily on mentoring Traden apprentices from the Newcastle region, whilst Wykes, a former Super Rugby player both here locally and internationally, will be primarily focused on mentoring Traden apprentices from Western Sydney.

Hicks and Wykes joined fellow Traden mentors Adam McCormick (Central Coast) and Anthony Watmough (Northern Beaches) for the group session, which included a presentation by Owen Clark from Lifeline’s SOKS (Save Our Kids from Suicide) program, who spoke about how everyone can all work together to combat youth suicide and provided some extremely valuable tips on how to recognise signs of need and how to best reach out when times are tough.

Also presenting to the group was Owen Seabury, who is a Project Manager at John Holland – Australia and New Zealand’s leading end-to-end integrated infrastructure, building, rail and multi-modal transport company. He outlined pathways and opportunities beyond the Traden apprenticeships program and detailed the key qualities that both he personally and also John Holland as a business look for when seeking employees. Owen also expressed how impressed he has been by not only the hard work and dedication he has seen from Traden apprentices, but most notably the positive attitudes they continue to bring to the workplace each day (through Traden’s involvement with John Holland and their projects).

Following the presentations, Impact Gym Founder and Director Mick Ostini and his team got the group moving, putting everyone through an intense physical session on the gym floor.

View video and photos from the session below…

$11,230 raised for Gosford Hospital Medical Equipment

Traden Construction School has proudly handed over $11,230 raised from the 2022 Trojan Row event to Gosford Hospital for the purchase of important new medical equipment.

A new $10,000 ultrasound machine will be purchased for Gosford Hospital’s Vascular Access Team, which consists of specially trained clinicians who assess, insert and manage vascular access catheters such as Peripheral Venous Cannulas (PIV) and Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC), also called a PICC line, so patients can receive intravenous fluids and medications.

The new wireless handheld ultrasound machine will assist the team with assessing vascular access to confirm the correct placement for the catheter insertion prior to the procedure. This is considered best practice standards for this procedure.

To date, the Vascular Access Team has had to borrow an ultrasound machine from the Intensive Care Unit. Now having their own machine will help to ensure care is delivered without delay.

Additional funds donated will also go towards the purchase of a new Sara Stedy (a non-powered device that ensures patients can be positioned from sit to stand transfers safely, quickly and with ease) for Gosford Hospital’s J9 / Orthopaedic Inpatient Unit.

By using the Sara Stedy, patients can remain mobile (with support), so they can complete their daily tasks such as toileting, dressing and transfers.

With encouraged movement provided by the Sara Stedy, patients can experience accelerated recovery of their mobility.

Having a Sara Stedy available avoids the use of mechanical lifters for patients, which helps to maintain their dignity.

The Trojan Row 2022: 411kms rowed and over $11,000 raised

The Trojan Row 2022 went from 5pm Thursday 17 November to 5pm Friday 18 November 2022 with a total of 411km recorded towards helping raise over $11,000 for the purchase of new medical equipment for Gosford Hospital.

The Trojan Row 2022: Raising funds for medical equipment

The Trojan Row is back for 2022 and this time, the 24 hour charity row will be raising funds for important and very-much-needed new priority medical equipment for Gosford Hospital to continue to provide essential community health services including coronary and intensive care, general medical, neurology, renal, geriatrics, general surgical, obstetrics, paediatric and emergency services.

Last year, we raised over $14,000 for awareness and prevention of youth suicide. This year, all funds raised will go directly towards the purchase of important medical equipment for Gosford Hospital.



5pm THURSDAY 17 NOV to 5pm FRIDAY 18 NOV 2022


Every donation goes directly towards the purchase of important new priority medical equipment for Gosford Hospital.

The Trojan Row 2022 is a Terrigal Benevolent Committee (CFN/26316) fundraising event, raising funds for Gosford Hospital medical equipment.


Anyone is welcome and encouraged to join in for as little or as long as you like. You can event stay the whole 24 hours if you want!

Simply turn up at the event between 5pm Thursday 17 Nov to 5pm Friday 18 Nov 2022 at Impact Gym Erina (19 Chetwynd Road), jump on a rowing machine and start rowing for the cause!

There’ll be special guests and plenty of great community support for everyone to get involved throughout the 24 hours.

For any enquiries regarding this event, please call 1300 269 026 or email

Traden crew provides helping hands to SES

A group of Traden students spent the day on Thursday 20 October 2022 at the NSW SES Gosford Unit headquarters, cleaning trucks and filling sandbags, so our amazing SES volunteers could take a much-needed and well-deserved break, ahead of more wild weather and long busy days ahead.

Traden Wollongong visit

It was another early morning start for the Traden crew on Friday 26 August 2022, hitting the freeway together down to Wollongong for a training session at Dragonfit Training Centre, followed by a group breakfast (thanks to KJ Industrial Scaffolding) and then over to KJ’s head office in Port Kembla for an information session on opportunities and insights with the Award-winning and industry-leading industrial scaffolding company.

Former NRL stars including Glenn Stewart, Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Solomon Haumono and Josh Miller were all actively involved alongside the Traden students for the day.

Manly Sea Eagles get involved with The Trojan Row

Several Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NRL players volunteered their time to participate in The Trojan Row fundraiser event at Impact Centre, Erina on the afternoon of Wednesday 24 November 2022 all to help support awareness and prevention of youth suicide.

Former Manly, NSW and Australian player, and now Traden Ambassador, Glenn Stewart, reached out to former teammate and current Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran, who then recruited teammates Jake Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic, Lachlan Croker and Brad Parker to join them at the event.

Aware of the importance of the charity, the players were only too happy to take time out from their annual leave break to support the event through Traden, Terrigal Benevolent Committee, Lifeline and Beyond Blue.

Manly co-owner and Board Director Gary Wolman also joined the players in support of the charity with the Sea Eagles presenting a signed jersey to auction for the cause.

The challenge saw the Sea Eagles players join Terrigal Trojans players and the Central Coast community in a 24-hour rowing challenge that started at 6am on the Wednesday and continued non-stop through to 6am on the Thursday morning.

The event raised over $14,000 in total.

Click here to read more and view the video on the Sea Eagles website.