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Expo opens up its doors

Monday, 29th July, 2013

Getting ready for the Expo (from left) RDA’s Keira Fulham with Edgnett staff, project manager Heidi Hendry, technician Lyndon Pace, owner Robert Edgecumbe and technician Dylan Millsteed, who recently completed his school-based traineeship. Getting ready for the Expo (from left) RDA’s Keira Fulham with Edgnett staff, project manager Heidi Hendry, technician Lyndon Pace, owner Robert Edgecumbe and technician Dylan Millsteed, who recently completed his school-based traineeship.

By Emily Roberts

The Careers Expo for high school students is fast approaching and for the first time community members will be able to attend.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Far West’s Keira Fulham has been organising the event on August 7 at the Memorial Oval.

More than 30 businesses and educational outlets will be at the expo.

“We have universities, local businesses and emergency services attending,” Keira said.

“They have little bits and pieces to give the students as well as information for the community,” she said.

“We are opening it up from 1pm to 1.30pm for the community, this could include parents or other people who want to see what happens,” Keira said.

She said all the businesses would supply information on training opportunities, recruitment and how they work.

“They will provide information on career pathways,” Keira said.

“Any little questions they have on vague careers will be answered. If students have one million and one questions - the expo is the place to be.”

Keira said businesses like Medicare and the health service would attend.

“There are health pathways in the community that people don’t know about, such as admin or dietetics,” she said.

“Also with the mining industry, it’s not just about drilling or being an engineer.”

While the cut off for businesses to participate in the expo has passed, Keira is encouraging businesses to register for next year.

“We are hoping to grow on this year and become even bigger,” she said.

One local business, Edgnett, has been participating in the expo for the past 10 years.

Owner Robert Edgecumbe said they would set up a stall with staff to provide information.

“A variety of skills are needed to work in the industry, anybody can do it,” Robert said.

“We currently have two school-based trainees.

“We get a lot of genuine interest - it is a generational thing, students are naturally interested in technology,” he said.

“Their social life could translate into a career.”

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