Students view window to the future

Cherie White of Local Land Services and Tumut High School student Summer Fattore and McAuley students Dana Parry, Molly Webb and Pia Zovaro at the Snowy Valleys Careers Day at the Tumut Boys Club Hall on Wednesday.

Local school students got a glimpse into their possible futures with the holding of The Snowy Valleys Careers Day at the Tumut Boys Club Hall on Wednesday.

Students, mainly Years 10, 11 and 12, from Tumut High School, McAuley Catholic Central School, Batlow Technology School, Snowy Valleys School, Tumbarumba High School and Gundagai High School filled the hall to check out their career options with employers including Snowy Hydro, Visy, Forestry Corporation, Snowy Valleys Council, Batlow Fruit Company, Commonwealth Bank, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and AKD. 

The Careers Day has been delivered in partnership with Training Services NSW and is part of the Succeed in the Snowy Valleys Program, which launched in October last year when businesses from across the region gathered for information sessions to learn about attracting apprenticeships, traineeships, and school-based apprenticeships to support employment and career opportunities for local youth.

The partnership aims to broaden local student’s and job seekers awareness of the career opportunities available in the Snowy Valleys and to equip them with the knowledge and resources required to pursue a particular pathway.

McAuley Catholic Central School student Molly Webb was glad she got along.

“It was good; the opportunities; they explain them pretty well and make it sound like fun,” she said.

Her favourite exhibit was that of Visy.

“There are so many opportunities that come from it,” she said.

Bryce Collins of Tumut High School also enjoyed the expo.

“It has been good; you are getting a lot of knowledge out of people telling you what they do. The Fisheries officers tell us how they are helping the community by protecting the fish and fisheries. The paramedics were very interesting too.” 

Misha Skein of McAuley thought the day was “pretty good”.

“It’s been fun looking around and nice to look at the options,” he said.

Stacey Suidgeest of the NSW Department of Education said the day had been a success.

“We have had about 200 students from five different high schools through today and 35 exhibitors,” she said.

“Everyone has been really engaged. The engagement with the schools and students has been great. They have shown a lot of interest in making connections and the school-to-work transition a lot easier.

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