Remote and regional students to taste of the world of work

Throughout Term 4, students in the most geographically isolated parts of Western Australia will have the opportunity to participate in the Year 9 Career Taster Program through a series of incursion workshops.

Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen Inc. (SALT), a not-for-profit organisation, will deliver 20 trade careers workshops to around 400 Year 9 students, and involving 22 regional schools. The 4.5 hour SALT workshops will showcase a variety of trades through hands on activities to demonstrate trade career pathways and will include collaboration with local tradespeople and the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry to highlight regional industries and provide information on local career pathways.

The School of Isolated and Distance Education’s (SIDE) industry roadshow plans to visit schools in the Pilbara region from 1—4 November. The roadshow, delivered by industry representatives together with the SIDE Career Practitioner, removes location as a barrier so that regional students have the opportunity to engage in the practical activities relevant in real workplaces.

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The Career Taster Program gives students access to career information while helping them identify their existing skills and highlight how these are transferable to a range of potential careers. Launched late last year, the Career Taster Program was developed to spark Year 9 students’ ‘career curiosity’ and to provide an understanding of career pathways to assist students to make decisions about their subject selections for Years 11 and 12.

Up to June 2022, more than 4,900 students from 66 schools have participated in Career Taster Program activities. WA TAFE colleges have delivered tasters to more than 2,430 students from 52 WA schools covering 40 industry areas. More than a third of students come from priority cohorts including Aboriginal students, students with disability and students considered at educational risk.

The SALT workshops will be delivered to students at the following schools.

  • Leonora District High School
  • Meekatharra District High School
  • Newman Senior High School
  • La Grange Remote Community School
  • Derby District High School
  • Halls Creek District High School
  • Roebourne District High School
  • Dongara District High School
  • Jurien Bay District High School
  • Narembeen District High School
  • Bruce Rock District High School
  • Bridgetown Senior High School
  • Jerramungup District High School
  • Esperance Senior High School
  • Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School
  • Kambalda West District High School

Satellite schools

  • Mt Magnet District High School
  • Yiyili Community School
  • Wagin District High School
  • Gnowangerup District High School
  • Leinster Community School
  • Laverton College

For more information on the Career Taster Program visit jobsandskills/

    "These workshops are delivered by passionate professionals who offer hands-on practical career taster experiences and it's exciting that around 400 school students in regional and remote WA will have the opportunity to participate this term." says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Early engagement of young people through fun and practical career exploration activities provides them with the tools they need to make decisions about their future. All young people deserve access to career education, which is why the McGowan Government is making the investment to ensure all students get insight into opportunities available to them. "Importantly, these workshops will ignite students' career curiosity while making connections between education and post-school pathways and the opportunities available in their region."

    Read the full media statement here