SWC and its partners developed the Mini Seek a Skill Interactive Careers Expo, as a means of addressing the skills and jobs shortages across Western Sydney and inspiring young people to consider and explore career pathways by connecting with people already in the field or have the resources to help them.
Supported by both the Mayor of Fairfield Frank Carbone and Deputy Mayor of Fairfield Dai Le (also MP Independent Member for Fowler), the Seek a Skill motto of “find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it” remains highly relevant as we continue to explore opportunities to evolve the Seek a Skill initiative to inspire even more young people.
9NEWS Story: SWC Mini Seek A Skill Expo (25th & 26th May, 2022)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL 9NEWS STORY FROM 9NEWS.COM.AU
2022 Project Reach:
300+ primary school students (Year 5 & 6) and 20+ teachers participated in the project across 2 low socio-economic background schools in Region E LGA
Mini Seek A Skill Project Journey:
Session 1- Orientation Day
Session 2 – Mini Seek A Skill Expo Event (see 9news video)
Session 3 – Showcase Day
Project outcomes & student key learnings:
- Lifting future aspirations of students
- Understanding & building employability skills (AKA transferrable skills) required for employment and developing these skills to transfer jobs across industry sectors
- Exploring career & education pathways and high school subjects to meaningful employment
- Discovering and ‘trying’ careers from various industries *students are NOT told what job to choose and are encouraged to try out different job opportunities to pick what is suitable for them
- Creating mini projects from interactive stalls including multiple resource booklets & library cards to take home