The SkillsWest Careers Expo is happening again for 2018 at the Perth Convention Centre on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of August. With over 100 exhibitors, including WA's TAFE colleges and universities as well as industry leaders and government departments it's a feast of information!
The expo is Western Australia's leading, largest and most attended 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. Here's just a few of the things you can do.
Try a Skill
Visit the exciting WorldSkills Try a Skill zone – try your hand at different activities and find out from the experts about a host of career options.
Bricklaying, game design, auto mechanics, carpentry, beauty, film, radio and television, graphic design, dental studies, website design and welding are just a few of the things you can try.
Come & try activities
There's all kinds of things going on at the various exhibitor sites around the expo – here's just a few.
- Immerse yourself into virtual reality and try out some VR games or be creative in the Slo-Mo Booth from SAE Creative Media Institute's at site 14
- Check out the underwater gardens of the ocean or feel the need for speed in a motorsports car with ECU at site 18
- Stop by the Australian College of Specialist Makeup at site 27 to experience mini-makeovers and make-up tutorials
- Get hands on with the Department of Communities at site 76 and try-a-trade with the women from TradeUp or control a robot with Robogals
- Take a virtual tour of a mine site through a 3D model with Roy Hill at site 46, and get a close up view of equipment and operations
- Create a winning resume workshops – Is your resume working for you? Get some top tips on how to create a winning resume. Three different workshops are available, at different times on each of the three days; one for students and first-time jobseekers, one for career changers, and one for those returning to the workforce.
Presentations and demonstrations
Every day at the expo is packed full of interesting presentations and demonstrations – here's just a few.
- Detector dogs – watch the Australian Border Force Detector Dogs in action as they search for any prohibited imports on stage. Officers will explain the process of their training and prohibited import detection, and talk about career opportunities within the Force.
- Drone technology for tomorrow’s jobs – this the most exciting time to join the commercial drone industry for career of the future. Hear from the CEO of Global Drone Solutions, a CASA and ASQA certified organisation, who train drone pilots for a broad range of industries.
- University pathways – if you're considering studying at university, find out what it takes to get in and what your options are.
Meet the Jobs and Skills Centre teams!
Jobs and Skills Centres are free one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance.
Whether it's advice to help you find a job, information about what training course will help reach your goals, or support to help you find a job, your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help.
Each centre also has specialist support available for Aboriginal people.
Top tips to make the most of your visit to the expo
With such a lot going on at the expo, it's worth doing some planning before you get there. That way, you can make the most of your time and make sure you find all the information you want.
Here's some useful hints and tips, and questions to consider.
Why are you going?
Make a list of the things you're most interested in – maybe it's options for training, or you're keen on a particular type of work, or you want help to find a job.... or maybe it's a whole lot of things!
If you're planning on collecting a load of brochures that you can read later at home, be sure to take a bag.
Who can help you?
There's over 100 exhibitors, so you need to spend your time wisely and you may not have time to see them all.
Take a look at the list of exhibitors to figure out which ones best match the list of things you're most interested in, and visit their website if you want to find out more about them before you go to the expo.
What do you want to know?
Think about the questions you want to ask... write them down in a notebook or on your phone or tablet so you don't forget anything. Here's a few you might want to put on your list.
- What are the entry requirements for this course/training?
- What can I do to improve my chances of getting into this job/career/course?
- What jobs are available after the course/training?
- What are the costs involved?
Get amongst it!
You'll get the most out of your expo experience if you plan your visit.
Mix your time up – see a presentation or two, go check out the Try a Skill area, get hands-on with some of the activities and interactive exhibits, and make time to browse around.
Take a notebook or your phone/tablet so you can keep track of what you see and who you talk to, it helps to remember everything later.
The SkillsWest Careers Expo website has information about the event, the exhibitors and all the activities.
- Visit the SkillsWest website
- Check out what you can do with WorldSkills Try a Skill
- Details of who's where in the Try a Skill zone
- Full list of all exhibitors and their location (site number)
- Schedule of presentations, workshops and demonstrations on each day
Where and when
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Rd Perth. Entry is free for all visitors.
Friday 17 August: 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday 18 August: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday 19 August: 10 am to 4pm
The website also has information about how to get there by train/bus, and options for parking.