Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Ali­cia Per­era

A true cross-sec­tion of the lo­cal world of work was on show at the re­cent Kar­ratha Ca­reers Cen­tral Expo.

Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties Kar­ratha and the Kar­ratha Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try hosted the event at the Leisure­plex on Thurs­day, May 12.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 47 lo­cal busi­nesses, not-for-prof­its, emer­gency ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion providers took time out of their work­ing day to pro­mote the work they do and ser­vices they of­fer to the wider com­mu­nity.

More than 850 stu­dents from St Luke’s Col­lege and Kar­ratha Se­nior High School at­tended the expo and made their way around the dif­fer­ent stalls to dis­cuss what it was like to work in each in­dus­try, and col­lect a stamp from each for their ca­reer “pass­ports” to go in the run­ning to win a Rio Tinto train ride.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic were also wel­come to at­tend.

Speak­ing be­fore the event, EPIC work­force de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Tea­gan Brown said she hoped the expo showed stu­dents how wide a range of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties there were on of­fer in the City.

“It brings to­gether all the lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers,” she said. “It’s an op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses not to say come work for us, we have these jobs. It’s to say this is what I do. It’s more about in­spir­ing ca­reers.

“We’re giving it a dif­fer­ent spin this year. It was about min­ing and trainee­ships. We’re try­ing to make it about your lo­cal busi­nesses and get me­chan­ics, the vet and hair­dressers in­volved.

“We want to show kids the dif­fer­ent ways you can get into your ca­reer of choice.”

The event wrapped up with an early sun­downer for all com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives at 2.30pm.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Ger­ald­ton Uni­ver­si­ties Cen­tre staff Bren­dan Pen­zer and Natalie Nelmes with St Luke's Col­lege stu­dents Brock Crowhurst, 14, and Toby Ma­son, 15.

ABAC staff Mar­ney Brahim, Sa­man­tha Churn­side, Natasha Evans and Leonie Hickson-Wood.

IF Foun­da­tion staff Ari­ana Pa­ganetti and David Wil­liams with St Luke's Col­lege stu­dents Ben Merry, 15, and Te­hani White, 15.

Rio Tinto staff Ru­van Muthu-Kr­ishna, Glyn Pow­ell and Karl Chen.

hel­loworld Kar­ratha staff Cas­sidy Lom­bardo and Court­ney Beggs.

Spirit Ra­dio Kar­ratha sta­tion man­ager Jude Chap­man, cen­tre, and in­terns Thomas Black and Tashana Burgess.

Yara Pil­bara staff Amy Caud­well and Mur­ray Gar­ratt.

REFAP staff Shaun Brown, Triscilla Hol­borow and Linda Doo­giebee.

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