17 September 2013
More than 300 Year 5 students from 11 schools in and around Gympie will find out what it’s like to work in a variety of careers at an innovative “Smart Steps Jobs to Go” expo tomorrow (Wednesday 18 September).
The event will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s learning hub in Gympie from 9.45am to noon.
Students will meet 12 industry exhibitors and experience the duties performed by people working in fields like nursing, paramedic science, robotics, hair and beauty, automotive and engineering.
USC Gympie Manager Graham Young said the event, which is the first of its kind for USC, was part of a strategy to encourage primary school pupils to aspire to continue their studies at a tertiary level (Tafe or University).
“The Smart Steps concept was developed by myself and some of my colleagues when I previously worked for the University of Southern Queensland”, Mr Young said. “USQ have kindly allowed us to implement it for USC Gympie. We have been working closely with them to get our expo up and running.”
The event is part of USC’s hands-on approach to showing younger students the wide range of career opportunities open to them, the qualifications these roles require, and what it would feel like to work in these jobs.
“Students can try their hand at a range of fields such as hair styling, learning how computers control modern cars, building robots, hearing about training and working with drug detection dogs, and more,” Mr Young said.
“Exhibitors from Gympie businesses, the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and USC Gympie will be on hand to provide guidance on the study paths required to achieve these specific careers.”
This expo has been made possible through funding from the Federal Government’s Higher Education Partnerships Participation Program.
— Jessica Halls