Never too late to try some­thing new

Leav­ing school or univer­sity or chang­ing jobs made easy at the expo

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AN EM­PLOY­MENT expo can help link job­seek­ers and stu­dents with em­ploy­ers and uni­ver­si­ties, giv­ing ev­ery­one ac­cess to new con­tacts and op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­vi­ously not on their radar.

Many in­dus­tries now have what are la­belled as ‘‘ skill short­ages’’, where the num­ber of peo­ple qual­i­fied to do a job is out­stripped by the num­ber of job va­can­cies avail­able.

An expo can help re­veal to job­seek­ers the jobs that are in de­mand as well as give ex­hibitors the chance to in­flu­ence job­seek­ers to pur­sue a ca­reer they pre­vi­ously may not have con­sid­ered.

An expo spokesman says peo­ple of any age have the abil­ity to choose their path­way, be it from school or de­cid­ing to re­turn to work or choos­ing a new ca­reer, based on in­for­ma­tion avail­able at the expo.

‘‘ We ad­dress em­ploy­ment and skills short­age is­sues by pro­vid­ing a plat­form for peo­ple and in­dus­try within South Australia,’’ he says.

‘‘ Our event has a very large fo­cus on skills, em­ploy­ment and reskilling.

‘‘ Although ter­tiary op­por­tu­ni­ties are present at our event, not go­ing to univer­sity is not the end of the world and that’s re­flected in our ex­hibitor list and what we have on of­fer.

‘‘ The re­al­ity be­ing that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who choose a univer­sity path­way very of­ten end up in the roles and sec­tors that are rep­re­sented through our event.’’

Em­ploy­ment, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Min­is­ter Tom Kenyon ex­pects more than 18,000 vis­i­tors to at­tend the expo, where the State Gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing World­skills Australia’s Trya-trade ex­hibit.

Kenyon says vis­i­tors will be able to try their hand at up to 15 trades, in­clud­ing car­pen­try, tiling, au­to­mo­tive, elec­tri­cal, weld­ing and hair and beauty.

Vis­i­tors will be able to get hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in a work-like set­ting, giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity they may not have had in the past.

‘‘ Vis­i­tors to Try-a-trade can also meet and talk with ex­perts who are recog­nised as lead­ers in their trade as well as other ap­pren­tices, TAFE SA lec­tur­ers and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers,’’ he says.

TRADE PLACES: Brick­layer Glenn De­laney shows stu­dent An­nelise Far­relly what his job en­tails at the Try-a-trade ex­hibit.

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