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