TAFE Western Bathurst College Team Leader Tracey Drinan has described yesterday’s Bathurst Jobs Expo as a huge success, with hundreds of the region’s school students getting an up close and personal look at the organisation’s offerings.
Ms Drinan said TAFE Western, the major sponsor of the Jobs Expo, had information stands for a number of exciting courses including Automotive, Community Services, Business Studies, Health, Electrical, Heavy Vehicles, Hairdressing, Fitness, Construction, Agriculture, Horticulture, Hospitality, Information Technology, Media, Creative Arts and TVET, as well as general course and enrolment information.
“Overall there were six or seven schools from the region involved, with more than 500 students coming to the expo and getting a guide on what careers are out there and what options might suit their individual needs,” she said.
“From TAFE Western’s perspective, interest in our stands was really solid all day. We found everyone who viewed our information stands to be really interested and engaged in what we had to offer and hopefully many of them now consider TAFE as a viable and appealing option.”
Ms Drinan was also happy to report that as well as hundreds of school students, a lot of older job seekers also sought information from TAFE Western staff.
“The interest shown by people seeking a career change was really pleasing,” Ms Drinan said.
“We found that a lot of people were really attracted to TAFE Western’s hands-on learning options and the fact we cater for people of all ages and abilities.”
This was the first time TAFE Western had sponsored the Jobs Expo, and the second time the expo had been held in Bathurst.
Figures released yesterday estimated more than 1,400 people visited the jobs expo, well up on last year. Based on interest shown, Ms Drinan believes there is potential for an increase next year.