Skills Road Show to provide expert advice for Cowra students

Kirsten Casey, Skills Roadshow.

Kirsten Casey, Skills Roadshow.

NSW Business Chamber’s Skillsroad Show is arriving in Cowra this week to provide local students with expert career advice and connect them to employment opportunities in their area.

The Skillsroad Show, which is part of the Australian Government’s Empowering YOUth Initiative and backed by the NSW Business Chamber, brings premium career advice and job opportunities to the doorstep of regional youth.

Skillsroad Show will spend Wednesday focusing on broader community engagement meetings at OCTEC Cowra while Thursday will consist of the program visiting Cowra High School.

Equipped with state of the art career planning tools such as the Resume Builder, Job Fit Test and Career Quiz, the program aims to provide students with individualised career advice based on their specific skills and interests.

After completing a range of digital assessments students work with the Skillsroad Show’s Career Expert, Kirstin Casey, to establish career planning techniques and opportunities to connect with local employers.

The visit to Cowra High School will also include guest speakers from local businesses such as grain GrainCorp—giving young people insight into various industries, possible job trajectories, and industry connections within their region.

Ms Casey says “letting young people actually speak to and hear about the experiences of trainees, employers and employees, from their area allows young people to connect and network, gain exposure to various industries, and see what different career paths can look like.”

“Skillsroad Show is about getting young people to start thinking about the right careers for them. Young people often want a job, however, they have never been encouraged to sit down and connect the dots between what they enjoy doing and what careers might match their interests,” Ms Casey said.

Vicki Seccombe, NSW Business Chamber’s Regional Manager for Western NSW, says “with the youth unemployment rate at 9.3% in the West; there is an urgent need to support young people and help them develop career skills so they can make a smooth transition from school into the workplace—hopefully minimising the unemployment rate.”

“Research has shown the more exposure students have to the workplace during school the more likely they are to find successful employment as an adult. Career-readying young people will help transition them into successful jobs and help make our community a better place to do business; lowering rates of unemployment, and reducing the cost of churn associated with poor job retention” Mrs Seccombe.

“Ultimately we need to give our young people the opportunities to make industry connections early on and help them choose careers they enjoy and engage with—minimising negative workplace experiences and false starts” says Mrs Seccombe.

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