The Peel Careers Showcase will be expanded to include year 10 students and more industry sectors in 2006, following a highly successful pilot event this year, Peel Minister Mark McGowan announced today.
Mr McGowan said the event, which was held in September, saw more than 100 year 11 and 12 students participate in visits to a variety of industries in Mandurah to highlight the opportunities available in the workplace.
“The week-long showcase was co-ordinated by the Peel Development Commission, Challenger TAFE, the Peel Education Development Unit and the Mandurah Youth Commitment to help alleviate the region’s skills shortage,” he said.
“Local businesses participated by making their workplaces available for students as they were introduced to employers and staff who told their stories about working within their industries.
“I would like to thank all local businesses that participated in the Careers Showcase for their invaluable contribution.
“By giving students hands-on, personal experiences, they were able to provide a glimpse into the realities of working life.
“This will help give young people the information they need to make informed decisions when planning their career future.”
Mr McGowan said the Peel Careers Showcase was an agreed action developed after the Regional Skill Shortages Forum that was held in June this year.
“The forum recognised that skill shortages are impacting on economic development in the Peel region,” he said.
“Initiatives such as the Peel Careers Showcase, together with other State Government policies such as raising the school leaving age, are part of the Gallop Government’s commitment to creating more jobs and opportunities for Western Australians.”
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