Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Ali­cia Per­era

Army cadet, florist, tourist agent and en­gi­neer were just some of the wide range of ca­reers on dis­play at Kar­ratha Ca­reer Cen­tral: Reach Your Peak ca­reer expo last Wednes­day.

The free an­nual event, or­gan­ised by Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties and the Depart­ment of Train­ing and Work­force De­vel­op­ment, and held at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex, saw 57 busi­nesses from 10 dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries set up stalls to pro­mote what their ser­vices do for stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers in­ter­ested in find­ing a new ca­reer path.

Ca­reer Cen­tral has grown to be­come one of EPIC’s big­gest yearly events and draws hun­dreds of peo­ple through its doors over the course of a busy day.

EPIC work­force de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor and ca­reer expo or­gan­iser Tea­gan Brown said this year’s event had fo­cused on show­ing stu­dents the di­ver­sity avail­able in lo­cal work.

“In the four years I’ve been work­ing in Kar­ratha the in­dus­try has changed,” she said.

“It’s not as easy as it was to find work in the Pil­bara, and if you do want to stay here a long time, we do need to di­ver­sify as a com­mu­nity.

“So the theme of this year for us was di­ver­sity in terms of un­der­stand­ing all the busi­nesses that make up this town. Yes, there is still min­ing and yes it’s fan­tas­tic, but we have florists, we have hair­dressers, we have vis­i­tor cen­tres, and we have a lot of tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity that’s re­ally im­por­tant to us.”

Ms Brown said the strong show­ing from busi­nesses was a tes­ta­ment to the level of com­mu­nity spirit in Kar­ratha.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Sandy’s Hair­dress­ing owner Sandy Young with Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents Chasta Andi and Miah Bow­man, both 14.

St John Am­bu­lance paramedics Scott Joseph, Ni­cole Turner, Dave Joseph, Bec Van Helfteren and Ash­ley Rid­dell pro­mote a ca­reer in first aid.

EPIC’s ca­reer expo or­gan­is­ers and Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents out­side at the Ca­reer Cen­tral: Reach Your Peak event.

Woodside me­chan­i­cal fit­ter ap­pren­tice Jes­sica Hay­den, 16, and KBSS con­struc­tion su­per­vi­sor Daniel McCarthy with a KBSS ma­chin­ing tool called a cord­less flange­facer and clamshell.

Rio Tinto staff Glen Tor­rens, Jamela King, Nic Petit, Ka­t­rina Byrnes, Matt Eard­ley and Ed­ward Suryaw­inata.

Spirit 1260 Kar­ratha Ra­dio ac­count ex­ec­u­tive Kerri Read, cen­tre, and trainees Christina Sa­marin and Ghis­laine Brew­ster.

Aus­tralian Math­e­mat­i­cal Sciences In­sti­tute schools out­reach of­fi­cer Jac­inta Blen­cowe builds a Menger sponge, or a cube made of cubes, to pro­mote maths at her stall.

Ev­ery­where Travel and Cruise Kar­ratha owner Cassie Perry and mar­ket­ing man­ager Vi­vian Adams.

Good Health for Great Life home­opath Sarah Pen­rose and Pil­bara Chi­ro­prac­tic Cen­tre chi­ro­prac­tor Mon­ica Plane.

EPIC staff mem­bers Jo-Anne Van Dyk and Kath Arm­strong.

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