Try trade and reap life­long ben­e­fits

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FLORIST Vanessa Cor­bell’s ca­reer is cer­tainly blos­som­ing now but she says if she had had the chance to try her hand at it ear­lier, she would have saved her­self a cou­ple of false starts.

Ms Cor­bell, 23, com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate III in Floristry at TAFE SA last year and could not be happier in her cho­sen ca­reer path.

She just wishes she had known be­fore­hand about trade demon­stra­tions, such as Try’a Trade, and the ex­pert ad­vice that goes with it.

Run by World­Skills Aus­tralia and fea­tur­ing at the expo, Try’a Trade in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits let vis­i­tors do just that – try their hand at 15 dif­fer­ent trades, guided by work­ing pro­fes­sion­als and lec­tur­ers.

‘‘What Try’a Trade of­fers is great. It’s not like you can just walk into a florist and grab some flow­ers and just have a go, so Try’a Trade pro­vides a re­ally good chance to set a ca­reer path,’’ Ms Cor­bell says.

Ms Cor­bell was work­ing as a chef but knew it was not for her and was al­ways in­ter­ested in floristry.

‘‘If I had known about Try’a Trade when I was look­ing at get­ting into floristry, it prob­a­bly would have brought my ca­reer for­ward,’’ she says.

‘‘Be­ing able to talk to some­one in the in­dus­try and some­one who has taught floristry would have been re­ally help­ful. I ended up en­rolling in Floristry at TAFE SA and my qual­ity of life and work life and ev­ery­thing has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally. Once I started, I never looked back.’’

Ms Cor­bell, who works at Flow­ers by Pride at Black For­est, plans to com­plete her Cer­tifi­cate IV and Di­ploma in the next cou­ple of years and in the mean­time ap­pre­ci­ates the on­go­ing sup­port she re­ceives from her lec­tur­ers.

‘‘My re­la­tion­ship with the staff, the way they sup­port and en­cour­age us – even now in my work­ing life, they are still giv­ing me sup­port and I can ask them any­thing,’’ she says. ‘‘I think that’s my favourite thing.’’ Try’a Trade i s the l argest in­ter­ac­tive dis­play at this year’s Na­tional Ca­reers and Em­ploy­ment Expo and se­nior school stu­dents and job seek­ers are en­cour­aged to have a go at any of the 15 trades on of­fer.

They are air­craft main­te­nance en­gi­neer­ing, au­to­mo­tive, brick­lay­ing, cab­i­net­mak­ing, car­pen­try, con­struc­tion steel, elec­tri­cal, elec­tron­ics, floristry, hair and beauty, paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing, re­frig­er­a­tion, vet and ap­plied science, wall and floor tiling and weld­ing.

Skilled coaches from TAFE SA, providers or in­dus­try will be on hand in each area to teach par­tic­i­pants a sim­ple task, which will pro­vide an in­tro­duc­tion to that oc­cu­pa­tion in a hands-on and dy­namic way.

Depart­ment of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion Em­ploy­ment Science and Tech­nol­ogy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray­mond Garrand says the in­ter­ac­tive dis­play at the Try’a Trade ex­hibit will be a high­light for young peo­ple at the two­day Na­tional Ca­reers and Em­ploy­ment Expo.

‘‘Our sup­port of Try’a Trade is part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing young peo­ple are par­tic­i­pat­ing in train­ing, learn­ing or work,’’ Mr Garrand says.

Ex­perts will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to par­tic­i­pants on what they need to start that ca­reer, the train­ing that is in­volved, what a typ­i­cal day at work is likely to be and what job prospects there are.

Vis­i­tors also can find in­for­ma­tion a bout a ppren­tice­ships a nd traineeships and job pro­grams within the Try’a Trade ex­hibit at stand D6 in the Ju­bilee Pavil­ion.

Pic­ture: Matt Turner

Florist Vanessa Cor­bell, 23, of Flow­ers by Pride at Black For­est, en­cour­ages young peo­ple to try a trade be­fore com­mit­ting to train­ing.

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