Free Career Advice
Experts from the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) are at the SkillsWest Expo to provide free brief career advice on opportunities and provide resume checks.
We live in an unpredictable world of work with many current occupations expected to be redundant in less than a decade.
The CDAA has stated that by 2030 workers will need greater problem solving and critical thinking capabilities along with advanced skills in communications, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Increasingly, young people and mature workers seeking new employment directions will need the support of professional career practitioners to navigate unprecedented workplace changes.
“The importance of understanding the changing nature of work cannot be underestimated, and young people in particular should actively seek career advice on skills development to achieve their aspirations,” CDAA spokesperson said.
“Relevant, expert and accessible career guidance is a necessity providing support for people in their understanding of future opportunities and the skills and qualifications necessary for them to be successful.”
CDAA qualified career practitioners provide this advice based on a clear understanding of the education sector and the labour market now and into the future. They also provide tailored advice using assessment tools to determine each person’s skills and interests allowing an individual to make study and occupational decisions and effectively plan career transitions.
The focus of professional career development is on enabling people to develop the skills to manage these challenges, make good decisions about their working lives, and maximise their contribution to the communities in which they live and work.
Don’t miss the opportunity to engage directly with CDAA experts at the Career Advice Area, Site 133 during the Expo.
Jobs & Skill Centre
Western Australians have access to Jobs and Skills Centres – a service that provides a one-stop-shop for information and guidance on career choices and training courses, help with job searching and jobs matching, and assistance with apprenticeships and traineeships.
You can contact or visit your local centre for free, friendly and professional advice on choosing a career direction, selecting a vocational education and training (VET) course or other education pathways, and assistance with finding employment. The centres also offer free workshops such as resume writing and succeeding at job interviews, to assist you in finding employment.
The Jobs and Skills Centres work closely with local businesses and employers, providing free assistance with recruiting new workers, helping to find apprentices and trainees, and developing the skills of their workers. The centres also offer a free online jobs board, on the Jobs and Skills WA website, where employers can post job vacancies. Working closely with the local community helps the centres keep up to date with the needs of local industry and business, so they can offer you great advice on training and career options that are most likely to lead to successful employment outcomes.
As part of the McGowan Government’s ‘Our Priorities’, the Jobs and Skills Centres are one of a number of initiatives to support communities across the State to ensure people are connected to where jobs growth is occurring. The network of 13 Jobs and Skills Centres located across regional and metropolitan Western Australia are located in Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham, Mandurah, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Northam, Broome, Karratha, Albany and Bunbury with further outreach services available for people in regional areas. Specialist services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and for ex-offenders are also available.
The centres are complemented by the Jobs and Skills WA website, which offers a comprehensive suite of information and resources about vocational education and training, careers and jobs. The website also features a course search that lists all publicly funded VET courses available from Western Australia’s TAFE colleges and private training providers, a free online jobs board with local employment opportunities, and a free Aboriginal jobs board with employment opportunities selected specifically for Aboriginal people. Information on the location of Jobs and Skills Centres and services they deliver is also available on the website – visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au to find out more.
Staff from the Jobs and Skills Centres will be attending the Skills West Expo, and invite you to stop by site 21 to say hello.
Learn How to Write a Winning Resume at our Free Workshops
Most job seekers start their quest for employment by completing a resume outlining their qualifications and personal attributes, then look for a job.
According to personal branding, recruitment and human resources expert, Marlene Cole, things have changed significantly in resume requirements that will impress a prospective employer. “The huge majority of Australian job seekers are using old template-style resumes that do not get through the competitive process that will lead to an interview,” she explained. “The biggest change in resumes is that one size doesn't fit all. You must adapt your resume for each job application and there are key elements that must be addressed.
“Grabbing a resume template off Google or Microsoft Office is the biggest mistake people make. Don't do it! “If you are applying for jobs and hearing nothing, your resume is not working. “The new generation careers resume has a targeted headline, key word section and clear, quantifiable bullet points that will create a first impression foothold, show that the job seeker takes their career seriously, and demonstrate the value the person will bring to a company.”
Marlene said job seekers often required the support of a professional career practitioner to help them develop the resume and presentation skills they need to get noticed. She has been writing resumes and LinkedIn profiles along with interview and job coaching for more than 15 years.
Most job seekers start their quest for employment by completing a resume outlining their qualifications and personal attributes, then look for a job. Each day of the SkillsWest Expo, Marlene will present informative hands-on workshops to create winning resumes that meet what recruiters are looking for when seeking successful job candidates. As an international multi award winning resume writer, she has written resumes, performed job search coaching and prepared candidates for interviews ranging from entry level to executive positions. This includes first time job seekers, people seeking to advance their careers within their current employment, and others looking for a complete new career path.
“I am passionate about helping people develop the career tools needed to get noticed
and on the path to workplace success,” Marlene explained.
Talk with Marlene at the Workshop Area - Site 132
Ten of the Best at the SkillsWest Expo!
This year, the SkillsWest Expo will host ten WorldSkills Competitions which test some of the State’s most talented in a battle of the skills – all under the big roof of pavilion six at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
In the schools competitions, there are students competing in WorldSkills VETiS* Bricklaying, VETiS Wall and Floor Tiling and VETiS Automotive categories. For construction competitors, their challenge is to build a project from a plan, while in automotive, competitors will need to complete a series of tasks under timed conditions which will test their knowledge and accuracy.
In 2018, Team WA had enormous success in the VETiS Competitions at the WorldSkills Australia National Championship in Sydney where WA competitors won 12 medals across 8 categories. The team did so well that Western Australia won the VETiS shield for the best performing State - the first time the shield had been won by a State other than New South Wales in the history of the competition. Can this year’s crop of Year Elevens match that result?
There is also a lot to see in the open competition categories too: Bricklaying will run on Friday and Saturday, Plastering on Saturday and Wall and Floor Tiling will run all over the weekend. You can see the plumbers in action on Saturday and both the automotive mechanics and the heroes of Heavy Automotive will be fine-tuning their skills over Saturday and Sunday. Finally if chilling is your thing, make sure you make your way over to the refrigeration competition on Friday as the competition tension heats up!
If visiting the competitions inspires you to find out more about opportunities in training, then make sure you drop by the TAFE and Jobs and Skills booth 21 and 25 to have a chat.
*VETiS competitions, VETiS categories and the VETiS shield are all terms used by WorldSkills Australia, who own and operate the competition program.
There are loads of activities to help inspire you to get stuck into STEM at this year’s SkillsWest Careers Expo. Come and visit the WorldSkills pavilion where you can try your hand at skills ranging from Animation to Bricklaying.
Here are just a few of the free activities on offer at the Event.
Ready to take flight? Check out the SM TAFE helicopter (for real!) or pilot a plane with our VR masks.
Immerse yourself in arcade games at the VR sideshow alley and try your hand at Cinteq (2D/3D) drawing.
The future has arrived. Learn about the world of mechatronics with our miniature demonstrations featuring a “smart home” and an industrial production line.
Behold the cars of the future. Spray paint a vehicle with the virtual painter, see the inside of an electric car and learn about a transformative student design project, a car barbeque.
Its not just about pretty faces – learn about the science of beauty while you receive a skin analysis, mini manicure and hand massage.
Find out what it takes to work in radio, tune in to our On-Air team as they hit the airwaves, broadcasting live all weekend. Or follow the action on Facebook and Instagram @BOOMRadioau
BRICKLAYING with ABBTF
Learn how to butter a trowel and lay a course of bricks. The Australian Brick and Blocklaying Foundation (ABBTF) will be providing expert advice on how to become a bricklayer, how to access funding support and the benefits of a career in construction.
Enter another dimension as you enjoy a virtual walk-through of a building design.
Enjoy the thrill of the hunt as you analyse the deliberate exploitation of a computer system, enterprise or network in this billion-dollar growing business.
DEFENCE, MECHANICAL AND FABRICATION
Get ship-shape, using Auto CAD software to build your 3D ship, while learning how this software is used in the industry today.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
Meet our simulation babies, who prepare students for the demands of a career in childcare, or learn about the value of play-based learning in early education.
Experience new fashion technologies by transforming your unique artwork into a badge - to keep.
FASHION & VISUAL ARTS
Your shoes don’t have to match your bag. In fact, you can colour your very own calico bag to take home or to the street.
FILM & TV
“3, 2, 1 and action”. Get on set with our interactive contemporary media activity.
SM TAFE students have designed a floral display to showcase design techniques.
Land yourself your first magazine cover then put your creativity skills to the test to design the best logo.
Hair we are! Visit our hairdressing team for hair styling, braiding and expert advice on taming your ‘fro.
HORTICULTURE & CONSERVATION
From little things, big things grow. Propagation tips and tricks for growing new plants from seeds and cuttings.
Game on! Try our student-built virtual reality games, have a go at our password cracking machine or learn about 3D printing.
INTEGRATED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
“I am not a robot” but you’ll be full of beans watching my arms move.
Accessorise like a trendsetter by making your very own keyring or earrings (sponsored by Pallion Supplies)
All the evidence points to you becoming a CSI agent as you analyse hair under a microscope.
You’ll be in “ore” as you mix and match minerals and samples while learning about the earth’s geological materials.
Anything is pulse-ible with a nurse around. Get a free health check from NMTAFE’s Roaming Education and Community Health (REACH) Clinic (Friday only).
OIL AND GAS
Slip on a VR mask and take a tour of an animated process plant to learn more about this lucrative industry.
Are you ready for your close-up? Come and get “papped” in our photo studio and take home a DVD of your portrait!
Here you will get the chance to learn how to mix plaster and learn the art of decorative plaster work with our experts.
PRODUCT DESIGN (3D)
Art, fashion and product design – combine all these as you create a set of frames to suit and frame a face with this exciting spectacle.
Put your anatomy knowledge to the test with our pop quiz or kick back and enjoy a 10 minute student massage.
Get up close and personal with the wonders of the galaxy through VR goggles and an app developed by NMTAFE students and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
We don’t know where to draw the line when we ‘drone on’ about our surveying equipment.
Take your first steps on the super highway as you create a web page using HTML, program a game using Python and play with some fantastic apps.
The heat will be on as you enter the world of virtual reality and test your skills as a welder.
Information correct at time of going to print; activities are subject to change at short notice.
MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER
Boosting training opportunities and creating jobs is a key priority for the State Government.
Our training system provides Western Australians with a chance to change their future and supports employers to upskill employees to address skills gaps. This ensures the State's economy continues to grow and diversify.
The State Government is very proud to support the 2019 Skills West Expo.
The Skills West Expo is Western Australia’s leading event to promote careers and training, showcasing the latest that is on offer when it comes to careers, jobs, skills and training.
More than 75 per cent of jobs in the next ten years will require STEM skills. It is vital to our future job market that we have a workforce that is skilled in these areas.
With this in mind the McGowan Government is committed to growing our State’s participation in STEM.
Local training ambassadors who have seen first-hand the benefits of training in STEM related fields, will be available at the Skills West Expo to share their experience and knowledge.
At this year’s expo you can also enjoy interactive displays in areas such as animation, software development, web programming, robotics, horticulture and surveying.
There will also be the WorldSkills Try ‘a Skill zone – a dedicated space where visitors are guided through different hands-on activities by industry experts.
I encourage you to experience everything on offer at this year’s SkillsWest Expo, and take every opportunity to chat with highly skilled trainers, employers and apprentices.
Minister for Education and Training
Albemarle is a leading specialty chemical company providing innovative solutions to customers in over 100 countries around the world. Albemarle have commenced construction on a world-class lithium processing Plant within the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in the South West of the state. The Plant will process ore from the Talison Mining operation at Greenbushes to produce lithium hydroxide, with first production scheduled in 2021.
See us at Site 111
Amana Living Training Institute (ALTI)
Be Trained by the care experts - Amana Living Training Institute (ALTI) is a Registered Training Organisation ((RTO) RTO Number: 0609) and a division of leading WA aged care organisation Amana Living Inc. We have delivered quality accredited and non-accredited training to thousands of Western Australians over the past two decades.
See us at Site 81
APM Employment Services
Need a job? Speak to us
At APM, we know everyone faces challenges when looking for work.
Every year we help thousands of job seekers like you to overcome these challenges through jobactive and Disability Employment Services programs.
There’s a job out there for you. Let’s go find it.
See us at Site 8
The Ausdrill Group is a diversified mining services group which is involved in large scale mining projects around the world. With operations and offices across 12 countries we’re always on the lookout for new people to join our growing team. Come and see us at Site 31 to talk about how you can start your career with us today.
See us at Site 31
Australian Border Force
A career with the ABF provides a variety of challenging and rewarding experiences and opportunities. We offer roles across a range of operating domains and functions. The diversity of opportunities paves the way for a rewarding career where our officers directly contribute to making Australia safer and more prosperous.
See us at Site 58
Driven by a desire to ensure our residents and customer are able to live a meaning life, quality care is at the heart of everything we do. Baptistcare is one of WA’s largest not-for-profit providers of residential aged care, home care services and retirement living.
See us at Site 80
We are a global leader in hard rock underground mining, and there is a good reason for that. We develop and support our people; we provide opportunity and adventure; and we encourage positive change. Join us as we grow together.
See us at Site 29
Byrnecut Australia specialises in hard rock underground contract mining. With over 30 years of experience, the company has grown to be Australia’s largest underground mining contracting organisation.
Come and find out more about the current positions we have available and our Apprenticeship Program.
See us at Site 35
Camco Engineering is a Western Australian company delivering key support services to the Mining, Oil & Gas, and Power generation industries.
Our comprehensive facilities are some of the largest in the state and are comprised of very large machining, fabrication and fitting facilities supported by engineering design and site works services.
See us at Site 91
Careers in Grain
The Careers in Grain initiative is working to increase the number of talented people seeking and finding employment in the grains industry in WA and bust the myth that agriculture is just what happens on the farm. Careers in Grain is aiming to Attract people to career opportunities, to Upskill people who are both entering and working in the industry and to Employ more high calibre people in the grains industry in WA.
See us at Site 74
Defence Force Recruiting
There’s so much more to life in the Navy, Army or Air Force than a typical career can offer. From seeing the world, to making a positive difference in the lives of others, there are plenty of opportunities to do what you love in the Australian Defence Force.
See us at Site 101
Gold Industry Group
The Gold Industry Group is a not-for-profit, member-based industry association representing gold producers, explorers, prospectors and service providers across Australia. Our new online jobs portal lists all employment opportunities within the gold sector; along with career, training and study advice for all job seekers, from graduate to mature age applicants.
See us at Site 33
Identitywa Sharing The Journey
Identitywa is one of Western Australia’s leading agencies supporting people with disability and their families. As a registered NDIS provider, we offer a range of personalised services and supports to assist children and adults achieve their goals and the life they want to live.
See us at Site 110
Jobs and Skills Centres
Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. The centres are located on TAFE campuses throughout Perth and regional WA, with additional outreach locations for regional areas.
See us at Site 21
Discover pathways into an exciting career with Macmahon, an ASX listed mining company providing the complete package of mining services to miners in Australia and Southeast Asia. Learn about our unique trade apprenticeship and graduate engineering programs and talk to industry professionals to determine if mining is for you.
See us at Site 92
Mineral Resources is an innovative and leading mining services company, with a growing world-class portfolio of mining operations across multiple commodities, including iron ore and lithium. It has grown due to its entrepreneurial spirit, its willingness to empower its people to challenge the status quo and actively explore new opportunities.
See us at Site 47
My Supports is a Peer Led, NDIS registered Service Provider operating in WA, NSW, QLD, SA and Victoria. Working in Neighbourhood Teams, we operate in a Person-Centred Approach supporting our clients rights, choice and control and assisting to make positive changes in their life.
See us at Site 84
Naval Group (formerly DCNS) - a subsidiary of French shipbuilding company Naval Group – is Australia’s international design and build partner for the Future Submarine Program. But our involvement in this $50 billion project amounts to more than just the design and construction of 12 regionally superior submarines for the Royal Australian Navy - we’ll also bolster local industry, create thousands of jobs and transfer world-class technology, knowledge and expertise to Australia.
See us at Site 102
Newmont Goldcorp Australia
Newmont Goldcorp, the world’s largest Gold Mining Company, began operating in Australia 17 years ago and has three operations in the region – Boddington, Tanami and the super pit in Kalgoorlie, which it manages on behalf of its Joint Venture partners. Newmont Goldcorp is currently progressing expansion of the Tanami mine in the Northern Territory.
See us at Site 34
SwanCare is a not-for-profit organisation and one of WA’s leading providers of quality retirement living and aged care. Based in Bentley, SwanCare offers a vast range of award-winning aged care and retirement services. If you are passionate about improving lives for a living, SwanCare would like to hear from you.
See us at Site 61
Vestas Australia Wind Technology
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with 2,828 MW under service and many new projects to coming online, we need talented people to join us to ensure we continue to be the world leader.
See us at Site 65