STUDENTS DISCOVER JOB OPTIONS
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.
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.