In the lead up to National Reconciliation Week, our Opportunity Hub team, in partnership with the Aboriginal Pathways Centre (TAFE NSW Campbelltown) and Campbelltown City Council, hosted their annual Indigenous Careers Expo across two days last week.
The expo gave Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 9-12 the chance to speak to numerous industry experts about career pathways, including representatives from organisations such as Westpac, Australian Defence Force, AFL SportsReady, Fire and Rescue NSW, MTC Recruitment, 1300apprentice and more.
Students were also able to speak to representatives from numerous tertiary education providers, who gave them an insight into their education opportunities once they leave high school.
Transitioning from high school to tertiary education or the workforce is a big change in the life of young people, that’s why we ensured that students could also speak to various health and wellbeing experts, such as Lifeline, to discuss the best way to take care of themselves during this often stressful period.
In total, 165 students attended across the two-day expo, representing 18 schools in the Macarthur region. Those students were able to visit 49 different stalls, giving them a wide range of options to consider.
We spoke to a group of students on the day who were upbeat about their futures, with career ambitions such as Social Work, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Hospitality, Sports Management and Zookeeping identified, and a clearer pathway to these vocations mapped out as a result of the expo.
Opportunity Hub Program Manager, Rachael March, says “I would sincerely like to thank the local schools, young people and stall holders for all their support in making the day a success. Its through our partnerships and commitment from Campbelltown City Council and Campbelltown TAFE that we can all make a difference in supporting indigenous young people to grow as individuals and achieve their aspirations. Not to mention through the support that we have had, it allows programs like ours to stick around long-term to keep providing free opportunities.”
The operation of Opportunity Hub and the hosting of the Indigenous Careers Expo are two of the many ways that MTC Australia is committed to reconciliation. For MTC, reconciliation represents the equal participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in education and employment opportunities, and an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities and customers that we work with, as we strive to foster a society where everybody is able to create a life of their choosing.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Click here to learn more about National Reconciliation Week, and how you can make reconciliation more than just a word. You can also download various resources such as posters here.