Expo opens career pathways

Jemimah and Kaileah from Narre South P-12 College learn about different career options at the 2018 Casey Careers and Try a Trade Expo, with CEO of South East Local Learning and Employment Network, Andrew Simmons and Inez Musgrove from Ayk Hill Equestion Centre Hillcrest College. 180124. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

The South East Careers and Try-a-Trade Expo is the largest expo of its kind outside of Melbourne, with more than 100 exhibitors and attended by 4,000 local students and community members.

This year, in addition to exhibitors from major universities and vocational providers, there will also be an employment offering, with more than 500 job vacancies on offer on the day.

Another new feature at this year’s event will be industry-specific forums to get the inside information on what specific industries are looking for in employees and how they recruit.

Executive officer of South East Local Learning and Employment Network (SELLEN) Andrew Simmons explained that the event, which is now in its 10th year, helps to open up students’ futures by making them aware of the wide range of employment options on offer in the region.

“The Try-a-Trade expo is important because it gives local students the opportunity to meet with universities, employers, TAFEs and training providers at a local level rather than having to travel to them,” he said.

“It brings the providers to the students…schools can bring a range of students from Year 9 up and depending on the age range or the year level, the students get something different out of the event.”

Mr Simmons explained that the expo will feature different elements such as the ‘trade section’ which will encourage students to “have a go” at their chosen trade. Providers within this section will allow students to partake in activities such as bricklaying and the cutting of a mannequin’s hair.

Inside, the expo will take on a more traditional form, allowing students to talk to universities and training providers about the courses on offer.

“Whether you are wanting to try your hand at bricklaying or hairdressing, wanting to speak to universities about entry requirements, learn about a specific industry or looking for a job, this is one event you cannot miss,” Mr Simmons said.

The South East Careers and Try-a-Trade Expo will take place on 2 April 2019 from 9am to 2pm at the Cranbourne Turf Club. For bookings and information, email expo@sellen.org.au.

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