WERE YOU SNAPPED AT THE CAREER EXPO?
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.
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.