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Careers Day Steers Students’ Futures

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Kingaroy State High School Year 10 student Daniel Ross was trying his hand at the driving the coal truck simulator

July 20, 2018

Almost 1000 people explored the annual South Burnett Careers Market at TAFE Queensland’s Kingaroy campus on Thursday.

TAFE Business Development Officer Rob Fitz-Herbert said that as well as 840 Year 9-12 students from eight schools, about 100 local residents plus parents and teachers visited the exhibits.

Schools taking part were Burnett State College (Gayndah), Kingaroy and Nanango State High Schools, Yarraman and Wondai P-9s, Goomeri and Proston P-10s, and St John’s Lutheran School.

“It’s probably the biggest one we’ve had,” Rob said.

“The sausage sizzle – run by the South Burnett Futsal Association – ran out of sausages and had to buy more!”

The students had the opportunity to explore various career pathways, including TAFE and university courses, traineeships and apprenticeships.

They all went away with a TAFE bag crammed with information.

Various local employers had displays, including Stanwell, Downer, PCA, Council and South Burnett CTC.

The Australian Defence Force, Queensland Police, Fire Brigade, SES and Rural Fire Service were also represented.

The students enjoyed hands-on activities in automotive, electrical, metal fabrication, welding, hairdressing, aged care and child care.

Rob said there were about 40 stalls this year, including some new faces such as duboisia processor Boehringer Ingelheim and the AgForce schools team.

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TAFE metal fabrication teachers Allan Bock and Peter Town with Ist Year boilermaker apprentice Pacey Clegg, centre, who is working at Tarong Power Station

TAFE Business Development Officer Rob Fitz-Herbert with Ben Nicholson, from South Burnett CTC Youth and Family Services

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Kingaroy Hospital speech pathologist Eliza Jorgensen and senior social worker Carmen McAuliffe had information about careers at Queensland Health

Vegemite had pride of place on the PCA display this year, saluting the company’s new owners Bega … Kirstin Purcell and Aydan Edwards were looking after the stall

Three universities had displays at the Careers Market … Andrew Paltridge and Mel O’Meara were student ambassadors for QUT

Matthew Kenny had information about the various services and opportunities at South Burnett CTC

TAFE hairdressing teacher Candy Bond with student Nicolette Churchward-Nemet

Luke Miller and Chrys McDuffie, from Downer, had a display which included a Mavinci Sirius drone plane and a drone boat, both used by surveyors on site at the Meandu Mine

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