18 - 20 August, 2017
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre




From the Minister

The annual Skills West Expo is Western Australia’s leading event to promote careers and training.

This unique event brings together some of our State’s leading employers, training and not-for-profit organisations to showcase the diverse opportunities available for those embarking on their careers or those wanting a change in career direction. Importantly, it is an interactive event and gives people a chance to have a go and experience what different jobs would be like.

From our very first days in office we have been taking steps to develop job opportunities for Western Australians. The McGowan Government has put a freeze on the fee increases introduced by the previous State Government to make training more accessible.

We will build a strong and competitive Western Australia through our Plan for Jobs and the training sector will be fundamental to its successful implementation.

The future prosperity of Western Australia will be reliant on an innovative workforce skilled in new technology and the emerging industries.

The State Training Board has been tasked with identifying emerging training needs and skills to meet future requirements. We are committed to developing a training sector that delivers the skilled workers required by the rapidly changing employment landscape.

This expo is a means to deliver this. The event will be brimming with interactive demonstrations this year with activities on the main stage, the TAFE stand, and right across the main expo floor. This is all in addition to the WorldSkills Competition and Try’a Skill zone – a dedicated pavilion where visitors are guided through fun, hands-on activities by industry experts.

I encourage you all to make the most of this event and take time to talk to all the apprentices, trainers and employers present, who will be happy to share their experiences and guide you in shaping your future.


SUE ELLERY MLC

MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING


Media Release

10 August 2017

 

Bricklaying students will help to cement their careers in Perth’s WorldSkills competitions

For six Year 11 students at Ellenbrook Secondary College bricklaying has become a labour of love.

And they are about to showcase their emerging abilities in the WorldSkills Regional Competitions at the SkillsWest Careers Expo, a free event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 August.

By participating in WorldSkills, they will encourage other young people to explore tertiary and Vocational Education and Training (VET) course options, find traineeships, apprenticeships and plan new career pathways.

 

The 2017 SkillsWest Careers Expo is expected to attract more than 8,000 school leavers and tertiary graduates along with existing workers seeking new training and employment opportunities.

The WorldSkills competitions will be a major feature of the Expo inspiring young workers to select and pursue diverse career options.

 

Ellenbrook Secondary College Design Technology Teacher, Jeff Imrie, said the six students were enrolled in the school’s VET course in partnership with registered training organisation Everthought Education.

 

The students are Nathan Barclay, Benjamin Craig, Jacobus Duvenhage, Keanu Kaukasi, Seth Oliver and Michael Tierney-Moore.

 

“They are very keen young people who are not frightened of some hard work,” he said.

 

“We have just opened a magnificent new trade training area at the school that was built by these students and it was an enjoyable and motivating project for them.

 

“They are pursuing careers in bricklaying because it is a satisfying hands-on occupation where they can work towards very fulfilling careers in the building and construction industry.

 

“I often tell the students that in years to come – even when they are grandfathers – they will be able to drive past buildings they have worked on and have the satisfaction of knowing they built them to last as monuments of their trade.

 

“The boys are looking forward to demonstrating their talents in the WorldSkills competitions.”

 

WorldSkills Australia CEO, Brett Judd, said the competitions held around Australia inspired young people to be ambitious in their careers.

“Designed by industry and skills experts, these competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria,” he said.

“By focusing on the highest quality of standards aligned to the industry, endorsed training packages, employers and training providers can use these events to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programs.”

More than 500 regional WorldSkills competitions are held across Australia every two years.

 

The SkillsWest Careers Expo will feature a wide range of interactive exhibits, seminars and demonstrations and Try A Skill activities over three days to gain a hands-on experience of various trades.

For further information, go to www.skillswestexpo.com.au

 

Further Information:

Jeff Imrie, Ellenbrook Secondary College (08) 9297 9752

Fiona Johnson, WorldSkills WA Team Manager (08) 6551 5952 or 0432 757 096


Media Release

8 August 2017

 

Apprentices set for WorldSkills showdown at WA’s biggest careers expo this month

 

Apprentices advancing their careers from North Metropolitan TAFE are gearing up to showcase their emerging workplace abilities at the SkillsWest Careers Expo in Perth.

 

They will line up against many other apprentices, students and young employees in the WorldSkills Regional Competition at the SkillsWest Careers Expo, a free event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 August.

By presenting at the show, they will encourage other young people to explore tertiary and vocational education and training (VET) course options, find traineeships, apprenticeships and plan new career pathways.

 

The 2017 SkillsWest Careers Expo is expected to attract more than 8,000 school leavers and tertiary graduates along with existing workers seeking new training and employment pathways.

The WorldSkills competition will be a major feature of the Expo inspiring young workers to realise their potential and advance their careers.

 

Seventeen North Metropolitan TAFE students will participate in WorldSkills in categories including automotive mechanics, bricklaying, plastering, wall and floor tiling.

 

Stuart Storey, 20, of Wanneroo is an apprentice with Wangara KIA and Suzuki, and he is also studying at North Metropolitan TAFE.

 

“Being in WorldSkills will let me know how far my learning is compared with other apprentices,” he said.  “It will open opportunities for me in the future and it may also let me travel interstate.”

 

Lewis Deakin, 23, an apprentice wall and floor tiler from Clarkson, said: “I will be very proud to represent my employer, APG Homes, and North Metropolitan TAFE in WorldSkills.

 

“It will allow me to show my skills and hopefully make my employer and colleagues proud of my abilities.”

 

WorldSkills Australia CEO, Brett Judd, said the competitions held around Australia inspired young people to be ambitious in their careers.

“Designed by industry and skills experts, these competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria,” he said.

“By focusing on the highest quality of standards aligned to the industry, endorsed training packages, employers and training providers can use these events to benchmark their own apprenticeship and training programs.”

More than than 500 regional WorldSkills competitions are held across Australia every two years.

The SkillsWest Careers Expo will feature a wide range of interactive exhibits, seminars and demonstrations and Try A Skill activities over three days to gain a hands-on experience of various trades.

For further information, go to www.skilswestexpo.com.au

 

 

 

 
 
 



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