A NEW career concept launched at the Cooma Ex-Services Club last week is aptly named 'Career Blast Off'. On Tuesday night local businesses, employers and service providers were on hand to help the careers of local students 'take off'.
It was the first time businesses offering traineeships and apprenticeships across the Monaro were all together in the one room and provided an opportunity for the presenters to showcase their industry and business as well as canvass for potential trainees or future employees.
It was also an opportunity for them to meet and hear from other local businesses and training organisations that are passionate about helping local kids find a career that they want to get out of bed for.
Students and their parents had access to service providers offering expert knowledge on a range of topics in their work and or study pursuits.
This included an outline by Mel Haylock from Monaro Education Foundation (MEF) provide financial assistance and support to local youth to help them achieve their post high school education, training and vocation aspirations.
Amanda Steinke from Workways Cooma explained how the Job Network system works.
TAFE were well represented by the teachers who provide the traineeship and apprenticeship training.
Zoe Dawson from Cooma Universities Centre outlined distance study options for students wanting to stay locally and gain a university qualification or get a start on their degree during their gap year. Yvonne Pearce from State Training Service fielded questions on traineeship, apprenticeships and vocational training needs.
The evening helped ignite the interest of local students and helped them consider career choices, explore opportunities and get tips on applying for that job.
The students and their parents came away knowing that there are lots of opportunities on the Monaro and that they don't need to go to the big smoke to kick off their career.
This partnership included the following stakeholders- Jane Cay, birdsnest, Your Workwear, Cooma Flower Shop, Boyce Chartered Accountants, Snowy Hydro, Jemalong Wool, Cooma Rural, Cooma TAFE, Monaro Education Foundation, Workways Cooma, State Training Service, Cooma University Centre, Monaro High School, Jindabyne Central School, Department Education Employment & Workplace Relations and South Eastern BEC.
To be part of the Career Blast Off 2014 please contact Debbie Thomas 0432 089 817.