The 2009 Jobs Expo was held at Orange Function Centre on August 6th. More than 1000 high school students visited the Expo to explore the displays and information stands and learn about different careers, employment opportunities, university and tertiary training options.
The 2009 Expo featured 21 trade and industry based displays mostly set-up by TAFE teachers. There were also 31 different businesses and organisation representing the region's major employers, employment services providers, training providers and Charles Sturt University.
John Chivers the Regional Industry Career Adviser from Skillset has been involved with running the Orange Jobs Expos for many years. He said, "It's an important showcase of the variety and scope of career opportunities available to people in the region.
"I believe this is why the Job Expo tends to have such an impact on the young people who visit it. They can talk to people who work for large employers and find out what careers are available in the area. They can also talk to the local tertiary education and training providers to work out the pathways towards those careers."
Lou Baker from TAFE Western, Orange Area, surveyed 340 of the 900 odd visitors to the Expo last year. "From the survey, I could see that the Jobs Expo is really worthwhile. The majority (65%) said the Expo was helpful to them in making a career choice and 78% of the students surveyed were able to list a preferred career.
"With figures like that, I have no doubt it's an important event", Lou Baker said. "It's also reassuring to the TAFE teachers who put so much effort into setting up really interesting displays and demonstrations to promote their industries and trades."
The majority of visitors were high school students from most schools in the central tablelands.