St John’s Year 10 students Ella Fogarty, Breanna Freeman and Jaylin Greenhill (on stretcher) were learning about careers in the QAS from Kingaroy paramedics Sarah Mayfield and Julie Doolan

July 20, 2023

Students from across the South Burnett had the opportunity to explore their after-school options on Thursday at the annual South Burnett Careers Market hosted at the Kingaroy TAFE campus.

There were opportunities to get hands-on experience in several trades as well as the chance to talk to current workers to learn about the benefits of their career choice.

As always, emergency services had a strong contingent, from police and SES volunteers to ambulance paramedics and firefighters.

Students who attended the expo came from Years 10 to 12.

Schools this year included St John’s Lutheran School, St Mary’s Catholic College, Proston and Goomeri P-10s, Yarraman and Wondai P-9s, Burnett State College at Gayndah, and Kingaroy, Nanango and Murgon State High schools.

Information was available on the various career opportunities available to TAFE students, but several universities and other training organisations also had large displays.

Major local employers, including Bega PCA, Stanwell and Swickers also had stands.

Teacher Mick Scott with Kingaroy State High School VET student Jaymin Hansen who is completing a Certificate II in Automotive … Jaymin was testing his skills in the speed wheel-changing competition
The team from SunPork … Michelle Hansen, Chantelle List, Jason Lee, Tahlia Lyons and Lavina Turner
Hospitality teacher Jason Ford was explaining the opportunities open to TAFE students
Felicity Aitken was proving that career in floristry is not confined to flower arranging … it can lead to other creative industries such as weddings and events, the arts and festivals
Steffanie Humphries and Sheena Lindholm, from Push Pull marketing, were advocating for careers in creative industries
Steffanie Humphries shows TAFE Business Development Officer Evalyn Thompson how the green screen works in video production
CROW-FM were broadcasting live from the Kingaroy TAFE … it was an opportunity to meet the station’s new brekkie announcer Ray Clark, pictured with station general manager Chantal Harth
Cameron Ritchie, from IntegratedSTEM at Toowoomba, was demonstrating the ability of 3D printing to Cr Jane Erkens … this model octopus, complete with it multi-articulated legs, was manufactured in one session with a 3D printer on site (no assembly required)
Constables Nick Beacroft and Kris Joven, from Kingaroy Station) were explaining a career in policing, and the benefits of bullet-proof vests!
Maidenwell Rural Fire Brigade 1st Officer Robyn Bliss and North Coast Region Bushfire Safety Officer David Sewell
The QFES had a big team available to talk about a career in fire-fighting
The Business LEAP program may have officially finished but Jason Virtue is still helping regional businesses innovate, explaining the Digital Solutions Program offered by Regional Business HQ and Australian Small Business Advisory Services
BEGA (PCA) Operations Managers Mitchell Schoener was helping to promote Bega’s activities in the region
The team from CRAICCHS was also on hand to share information
The team from Stanwell were sharing information about career opportunities at the corporation
Student co-ordinator Jill Wheeler with Griffith University medical students Keely Hughes, Mirabelle Pon and Eliza Cochrane … the group were promoting the Rural Medical Education scheme
Leigh Geddes, regional workforce co-ordinator for SkillsHubs, was promoting the job opportunities available in the home care sector … the not-for-profit group has been funded by the Federal Government to attract and recruit personal care workers to the industry



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