The JobSkills Expo targets year 9 and 10 students, VCAL students and young people from training and community organisations in the Latrobe City, West Gippsland, South Gippsland and Bass Coast regions. It’s engages young people with “hands on” activities, advice and information about the various skills, jobs and industries that make up our regional workforce.
In 2014, over 2,800 students from secondary schools attended the biggest JobSkills Expo ever staged in the region. More than 100 exhibitors provided a showcase of careers at Warragul’s Lardner Park with hands on activities in areas such as bricklaying, carpentry, hospitality, health, horticulture, agriculture, beauty, retail, electrical, engineering, automotive, emergency services and more.
The Gippsland Jobskills Expo was organised by Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN and the South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN. Funding support from organisations throughout Gippsland including Local Governments, Federation University Australia (Gippsland Campus), Federation Training, Community College Gippsland, EIV, Energy Australia, AusNAC and Lardner Park.. Their sponsorship enabled the provision for free transport to every student to and from the expo. This significantly increased student participation and removed any barriers students face because of distance.
Seven industry based seminars were also run on the day, guest speakers from each industry covered career pathways, training and job opportunities. The Conference facility at Lardner Park was the ideal location for the seminars.