Career test drive

STUDENTS from across the south-west checked out a range of different careers yesterday. 

Tom O’Sullivan (left), 14, Tom Pyers, 14, and plumbing and automotive senior educator Alan Barnett at the careers day.

Tom O’Sullivan (left), 14, Tom Pyers, 14, and plumbing and automotive senior educator Alan Barnett at the careers day.

More than 800 year 9 students from the Moyne, Corangamite and Warrnambool municipal areas tested out potential jobs including hairdressing, automotive, building, health and child services.

Organised by South West TAFE and South West Local Learning and Employment Network (SWLLEN), the students completed three 25-minute sessions learning about the careers of their choice at the Sherwood Park campus.

Senior partnership broker at SWLLEN Marcus McCormick said the ‘come and try’ approach was unlike other career days.

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to get exposed to careers and different industries,” he said. “It’s different to a typical careers expo.”

Warrnambool College student Tom Pyers enjoyed the sessions. The 14-year-old said he was looking to become a mechanic because he loved cars.

As part of a session with automotive teacher Alan Barnett, the group learnt about changing car tyres.

Sherwood Park campus co-ordinator Richard Snook said TAFE had donated its facilities and staff had volunteered their time.

“We have made it as hands on as possible,” he said.

“It’s a good chance for students to talk to people in the industry.”

Other sessions on offer to students included hospitality, make-up, media, plumbing, sport and recreation, engineering, electrical and furniture and cabinet making.

The program continues on Monday.

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