Try A Skill Expo offers career options to Blacktown youth

Cutting-edge experience: Evans High School year 11 student Isaac Ennis tries glass cutting at the Try A Skill Expo on June 24. Event partners include TAFE Western Sydney Institute, Blacktown Council, Ability Options, Apprenticepower and AusGrid. Picture: Geoff Jones

Cutting-edge experience: Evans High School year 11 student Isaac Ennis tries glass cutting at the Try A Skill Expo on June 24. Event partners include TAFE Western Sydney Institute, Blacktown Council, Ability Options, Apprenticepower and AusGrid. Picture: Geoff Jones

More than 1000 students across western Sydney abseiled, wielded tools and collected trade career information at the Try A Skill Expo.

The two-day event at Kevin Betts Stadium, Mt Druitt, supported by Blacktown Council, included hands-on activities and displays for TAFE courses including animal care, automotive, commercial bakery, blacksmithing, carpentry, design, electrical trades and health sciences.

Students abseiled down a stadium wall, while others used digital media display shows to present a unconventional weather report.

A green screen changed from a traditional weather map to predictions of a "sharknado", zombie apocalypse and rain.

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

"It's not just picking and packing in a warehouse," he said.

"Purchase and supply, inventory control, import, export, forklift driving and truck driving is all part of the logistics industry."

BREED Partnership broker Stephen Gunnerson said the expo helps students choose a career direction.

He said students in years 10 to 12 were the largest group of attendees.

"If people know more they can make better choices."

Evans High School year 11 student Peter Phillips said he left the expo with more knowledge of what to do in the future after trying glass cutting and other activities.

"It has given me a lot of options," he said. "I really enjoyed it."

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