Expo highlights trade opportunities

High school students were given the opportunity to learn more about their options for post-school pathways at the Edward John Eyre High School (EJEHS) Career Expo on Wednesday.

Organisations including Whyalla Aged Care, headspace, Country Fire Service (CFS), Flinders University, University of South Australia and TAFE SA hosted stalls at the event.

Year 10, 11 and 12 students in separate groups were give the opportunity to participate in two "Try a Trade" practical sessions where they interact directly with members of the industry.

Trades included health, hospitality, business/finance, education, tourism, photography, art/design, retail, automotive/construction, social work and many more.

EJEHS Student Pathways Senior Leader Belinda McEvoy said it was a great chance for students to learn from those with a lived experience of the trade they're interested in.

"For those interested in social work we had social workers in the community who came in and engaged with students in a practical session," she said.

"We wanted to add a new element to the expo to allow students to make informed choices through exposure to the industry."

The sessions students an insight into the transition from school into the workforce.

"It's important you're ready to transition from school, we understand they might take different pathways post-school, but they need to be ready with those key skills," Ms McEvoy said.

"It allows them to make an educated decision based on what they can see available in Whyalla and outside of Whyalla."

Year 11 student Nathan Bence is participating in the Automotive, Construction, Electrotechnology and Engineering (ACEE) program at EJEHS and is hoping to become an electrician after school.

"In the ACEE program we get all of our SACE completed which allows us to go to an employer and get an apprenticeship," he said.

"Today I've been learning about the jobs that are available in Whyalla and speaking to local workers about what they do."

Year 10 student Clare McLean said she enjoyed exploring her career options for the future.

"The universities helped me decide what subjects I should pick for next year and what subjects I could do in Year 12, as well as the uni options I have," she said.