Over 9,000 attend SkillsWest Expo – Getting hands on with careers and training

SkillsWest Expo is Western Australia's leading and largest careers and employment event that enables visitors to explore tertiary and VET course options, find traineeships and apprenticeships, plan new career pathways and find employment. This year's Expo was a huge success with over 4,000 visitors on its first day with a total of over 9,000 people attending the free event over three days. 

This was the first time at the expo for the new Jobs and Skills Centres, and their stand was busy all weekend with visitors getting great information and advice about careers and training. 

 While there were no WorldSkills competitions this year, the Try a Skill area proved popular as ever with taster activities from construction, health, creative arts, digital design and TV media and film. Visitors enjoyed getting hands on, and talking to the lecturers about training and career opportunities in the various industry areas. 

The stage area offered visitors the opportunity to have a go in open mic slots, or film performers and have their handiwork beamed to a giant screen. Many potential future stars of stage and screen were discovered! The 2015 Australian Latte Art Champion from North Metropolitan TAFE provided live demonstrations on latte art, and there were hair and beauty and fashion shows as well as live seminars throughout the weekend with music performances providing entertainment.

Many employers were at the show with a number of organisations actively recruiting.  An expo highlight was Trade UP – an all female volunteer group that encourages women to try their hand at trades traditionally thought of as 'male jobs'.  And of course the detection dogs from the Australian Border Force were very popular.

A visit from the Minister

Western Australia's Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery toured the expo on Friday, taking time to speak with the lecturers running the Try a Skill activities.

While at the expo, the Minister had a health check by a nursing student from South Metropolitan TAFE and was interviewed by Sian Parry and ‘Beats’ from BOOM Radio. Run by radio broadcasting students from North Metropolitan TAFE, the main BOOM radio studio is based in Leederville but they also do live outside broadcasts at events throughout the year from their mobile studio. 

Minister Ellery also visited the Department of Education booth and the volunteers at Trade UP and stopped by to talk to people at the Jobs and Skills Centres and the WA TAFE stands.

Pictured (L to R): Rhys 'Beats' Edwards and Sian Parry interviewing the Minister live on BOOM Radio at the SkillsWest Expo. 

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If you're looking for advice, information or support with careers or training, contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre. 

Check out some of the action!

The team from North Metropolitan TAFE filmed some of the activity at the expo on Friday morning, where potential students were having a go at the Try a Skill stations and getting into photography, virtual realty, sound mixing, radio announcing, metalwork, sport and fitness, health, building, massage and tiling to name just a few!

This short video shows some of the highlights.