The Murray Mallee Careers Expo 2016 has been hailed a great success by exhibitors, schools, staff and students.
The event, organised by the Murray Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network (MMLLEN) attracted over 500 students from eight secondary schools across the region.
“What a great first expo. This will be an invaluable event for our students,” VET and Pathways Coordinator at St Mary MacKillop College Laura Crow said.
“Love to have this run every year,” Applied Learning Manager, Careers, VET and VCAL at Swan Hill College Corey Frost said.
“Students loved the day and found it a really positive experience,” Tooleybuc Central High School Careers Advisor Kim Morton said.
The event included seminars throughout the day from Deakin University, SuniTAFE, VICAT, Racing Victoria, MAS National and Young Workers Centre, giving the students more in-depth information about careers and training.
Motivational speaker and mentor Nathan Hulls spoke to students about his own experience in overcoming adversity and disability at a young age to follow his dreams and achieve success.
“Being an inaugural event, I thought we might have trouble getting exhibitors to travel here but the response was overwhelming,” Mr Hulls said.
Swan Hill Rural City Council was also a great supporter and sponsored the event through their Workplace Development Strategy.
“It was a great spread of different providers and the local community also really got behind it with Swan Hill College FLO campus hosting the event for us,” event organiser Rebecca Dick said.
Universities, TAFEs, tertiary providers and local industry were represented at the 36 stands providing students with an opportunity to discuss career pathways, tertiary education and local opportunities.
The event focused on the proven ‘Try a Trade’ concept which gives students the opportunity to try out different skills such as hairdressing, cooking, welding, beauty and auto mechanical.
“I think that you really need to engage young people when talking about careers, it is one thing to hear information about an industry, training or career pathway but it an entirely different thing for the student to get a hands on feel for the types of skills required and the tasks performed,” Ms Dick added.
“It was really great to see students getting in there on the day and trying things out.”