Expo does an inspiring job

Daneka HillNorth West Telegraph
Summa O'Reilly has her blood pressure tested by nursing lecturer Liz Shipsey.
Camera IconSumma O'Reilly has her blood pressure tested by nursing lecturer Liz Shipsey. Credit: Daneka Hill

Nearly 40 companies came together recently at the Hedland Career Expo to help guide more than 400 visiting students along the pathway to work.

The Pilbara Regiment ran demonstrations throughout the day outside Wanangkura Stadium while inside, mining company Rio Tinto had massive chunks of salt on display and staff from the North West TAFE were checking blood pressure.

The presence of more hands-on activities and workplace equipment was welcomed by students.

The Pilbara Regiment is a surveillance and reconnaissance unit, at the expo they explained what an defence force career was like and the opportunities locally as reserve members.
Camera IconThe Pilbara Regiment is a surveillance and reconnaissance unit, at the expo they explained what an defence force career was like and the opportunities locally as reserve members. Credit: Daneka Hill
A student scales a mining site in virutal realty.
Camera IconA student scales a mining site in virutal realty. Credit: Daneka Hill

Recent high school graduate Cassandra Angel said the expo showed students there were job opportunities for them in Port Hedland.

“I know there are some people who aren’t that interested in a career at the moment, there are kids who aren’t thinking about that, but these sort of things bring awareness to your future,” she said.

Ms Angel works at the Port Haven Village and said she began her Certificate II in Hospitality after visiting a past expo.

Kristy Montague from event organiser the Bloodwood Tree Association said the expos were open to the community and not just high school students.

Year 10 students at their first expo with Pilbara Regiment's Major Guy Warnock.
Camera IconYear 10 students at their first expo with Pilbara Regiment's Major Guy Warnock. Credit: Daneka Hill
Seb and Sib from BHP, promoting the BHP ambulance, "sometimes you don't want to work in a hospital, and this is a job kids wouldn't necessarily know they could have"
Camera IconSeb and Sib from BHP, promoting the BHP ambulance, "sometimes you don't want to work in a hospital, and this is a job kids wouldn't necessarily know they could have" Credit: North West Telegraph/North West Telegraph, Daneka Hill

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