TRYING A TRADE: Stawell Secondary College year 10 student Renee Bullen attempts brick-laying at the careers expo yesterday. Picture: EMMA COUTTSMORE than 2000 students had a glimpse into the future at the Wimmera and Southern Mallee Careers Expo yesterday.

Students and parents from several schools throughout the region converged on Wimmera Events Centre at Longerenong for the annual expo.

Project manager Andrea Cross said several parents took advantage of tertiary information seminars.

Mrs Cross said it was great to see parents supporting their child’s future after school.

“We’re very pleased with how it’s going,” she said.

Wimmera and Southern Mallee Teachers Association president Joy Warren said more Wimmera businesses promoted themselves at the expo this year.

She said there were more than 80 exhibitors all up.

Ms Warren said the Try a Trade section was popular this year, with 19 businesses taking part.

“The whole thing’s been fantastic we’ve pulled it together,” she said. “Every year is different.”

A highlight of this year’s expo was a new Koori Careers Program session.

Horsham College year seven student Justine Skinner Burns, 12, was involved in the session, named Dream Job not Shame Job.

She said she learnt a lot. “I liked talking with other people and about the stuff they’ve done in their lives,” she said.

Horsham’s St Brigid’s College year 10 students Sarah Mills and Alaura McRae, both 15, said they enjoyed the expo.

“It’s really good. My favourite part was trying brick-laying,” Sarah said.

Alaura agreed with her. “It was just really fun,” she said.

Sarah said she was considering hairdressing as a future

career. Alaura said she was interested in hairdressing or policing.

University of Ballarat automotive teacher John Rhook was part of the Try a Trade section.

The automotive team taught students how to change a tyre.

He said it was an example of practical skills.

“It gets students engaged,” he said.

University of Ballarat TAFE program co-ordinator Peter Kennedy taught brick-laying in the Try a Trade section.

He said girls along with boys often had a go at brick-laying at careers expos.

Mr Kennedy said it was always a popular event.

“There have been quite a few experiments and interest,” he said.

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