GALLERY: Students Try-A-Skill

More than 1000 students across western Sydney turned out to learn about trades and other career options at the Try-A-Skill expo.

TAFE qualifications on show at the two-day event at Kevin Betts Stadium, Mt Druitt, included animal care, automotive, commercial bakery, blacksmithing, carpentry, design, electrical trades, health sciences and logistics.

The outdoor recreation display gave students the chance to abseil down a stadium wall, while the digital media display allowed students to present an unconventional weather report.

A green screen changed dramatically from a traditional weather map to predictions of a ‘‘sharknado’’ — a  35percent likelihood —  and zombie apocalypse, along with rain.

‘‘It’s a nice interactive thing,’’ said TAFE digital media teacher Gregg Tobb.

‘‘Green screen is part of a broader certificate IV or diploma in digital media.

‘‘The idea is to get them in and seeing that the technology is there, easy to use and fun.

‘‘It’s a bit hard to display what we do. Games development have games to show at the end of it.

‘‘Our students at the end of digital media have a broad range of skills that they can use in industry.’’

Logistics teacher David Kelleher said about 500,000 people across Australia work in logistics and new warehouses at Erskine Park, Eastern Creek and Huntingwood were creating more jobs in the field.

‘‘In our industry we say to the students that from corn to bowl where their cornflakes come from, every job in between is part of logistics,’’ he said.

‘‘Purchase and supply, inventory control, import, export — there are so many jobs you can do.

‘‘It’s not just picking and packing in a warehouse. Forklift driving, truck driving is all part of the logistics industry.’’

Event partners include TAFE Western Sydney Institute, Blacktown Council, Ability Options, Apprenticepower, and AusGrid.

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