Career exploration and discovery for Year 9 students now just a click away!

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery were at North Metropolitan TAFE’s East Perth campus today to see the Year 9 Career Taster Program in action and officially launch the program’s new portal. Students from La Salle College participated in practical activities in emerging technologies in the resources sector using radio equipment to control haul-trucks and diggers in a simulated miniature pit. They also performed hands on mechanical fitting tasks that form the basis of skills required in a number of mining, mechanical engineering and maintenance trades.

Through the program Western Australia’s Year 9 students can engage in interactive activities to explore a range of industries and occupations, and the skills needed for them. Following a successful pilot, the program is being delivered across the State this year; giving Year 9 students a taste of the world of work through practical industry experiences and sparking their ‘career curiosity’.

Teenage students using welding equipment together with a teacher

The new Career Taster Portal supports program delivery and is a one-stop resource connecting schools with industry taster experiences through a searchable database. The portal also provides schools with access to resources to plan and deliver their program and a function where employers can nominate to provide an experience. With more than 100 experiences already available and comprehensive teaching resources, schools have the flexibility to design career exploration experiences that meet the needs of their students and local context.

Co-designed with industry, education experts, TAFEs and school sectors, the Career Taster Program offers an exciting opportunity for Year 9 students to extend their thinking through practical industry experiences to learn more about the jobs they are interested in and experience the world of work. Providing early access to career information and education pathways will help students make informed decisions about future subject selections for Years 11 and 12.

Further information on the Career Taster Program and the new portal can be found on this page jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/careertaster

At today's launch, Premier Mark McGowan said “The Career Taster Program has been specifically designed to give Year 9 students a taste of the world of work. The program provides early access to career information and education pathways to young people, it will arm students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their future.”.

“Typically, secondary students’ first exposure to the range of post-secondary training options doesn’t occur until in Year 10 when students are just about to make important decisions on which subjects they will study in Years 11 and 12. “ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "By giving Year 9 students real world experiences and showing the many exciting opportunities and careers available, they are making connections between training and education pathways and occupations they are interested in at an earlier stage.”

Read the full media statement here