100 students visit Barossa TAFE expo

Students show enthusiastic response to careers expo at Barossa Valley Campus TAFE SA's World of Work expo, held at the Barossa Valley Campus, is likely to become an annual event following great response from local schools.

Greame showing off Engineering at the World of Work expo.

Greame showing off Engineering at the World of Work expo.

More than 100 students from five high schools took part in the first World of Work at Nuriootpa last Monday.

TAFE SA regional manager Sarah Lance said it was an opportunity for students to learn about the diversity of courses available in the region and the types of careers they can lead to.

The event saw each student choose six sessions across the campus's diverse offerings, including Business Studies, Nursing, Automotive, and Conservation and Land Management.

At each session, a lecturer was on hand to outline more about courses that students could start while still at school (VET), provide demonstrations and answer questions.

Sarah said the expo, attended by Year 10 students from Nuriootpa, the Flexible Learning Centre, Eudunda, Balaklava and Burra, was designed to "open minds" to future study and career paths.

"We really wanted students to think outside of their comfort zone and friendship circles," she said.

"So instead of a traditional expo set-up where they tend to roam around, we had personalised timetables for each student and encouraged them to visit different subject areas."

By the end of the day, Engineering, Information Technology and Horticulture were among the most popular subjects.

Group piping with Nigel was a hit.

Group piping with Nigel was a hit.

"It was so pleasing to have these students on the campus, to inspire them and encourage them to get involved in training leading to their future careers," Sarah said.

Following positive feedback from students and staff, Sarah said she hoped to be able to offer the event on an annual basis.