Skills on show at SkillsWest Expo

More than 10,000 members of the public including 5,000 secondary school students attended the free SkillsWest Expo over the weekend.

Celebrating its tenth year, the SkillsWest Expo featured over 80 industry, employers and training organisations showcasing employment and vocational education and training (VET) opportunities.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the interest in the SkillsWest Expo spoke for itself. “As WA’s leading event to promote careers and training, the event really has something for everyone, from those looking to upskill or a secondary school student taking their first step into a career.”

Some 2,000 people visited the stand for the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres, who offer a one-stop-shop for career and training related services. “The centres are a single point of contact for members of the community and businesses to find help and information with their career, training and employment needs,” Ms Driscoll said.

The TAFE STEM hub was one of the main attractions with attendees trying hands-on activities in new and emerging technologies such as aerospace, cyber security, laboratory technology and software development.

Traditional trades such as hairdressing, floristry and automotive technology were also on show and WA VET Ambassadors Caitlan Noble and Megan Feaver, winners of the WA Training Awards in 2018, shared their experiences of training in the VET sector.

WorldSkills competitions saw the State's most talented apprentices and trainees in a battle of skills such as bricklaying, plastering, heavy automotive, refrigeration and plumbing.

The expo also provided an opportunity for media and event students from North Metropolitan TAFE to gain valuable real world experience, broadcasting live from the event with Boom Radio.          

Media contact: Carrie Soderberg, Senior Media Officer – 6551 5383

Director General Anne Driscoll at Skills West Expo.
SkillsWest Expo animation being displayed.
Worldskills competitors at Skills West expo