Never too late to try something new
Leaving school or university or changing jobs made easy at the expo
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.