Clarence Valley Career and Youth Expo
ETC is seeking support to provide a Career and Youth Expo in Grafton in 2017. We are aware that there hasn’t been a Career Expo held in Grafton since 2011 and instead students travel to Coffs Harbour and Lismore to attend such events.
Through our delivery of employment and training services in Grafton, ETC has daily contact with unemployed young people and our role is to encourage disengaged school leavers to return to school; up-skill through training; and to support them to find and sustain work.
We have identified that many young people in Grafton aren’t always fully aware of the different career pathways available to them and we think a local Career and Youth Expo would go a long way towards increasing awareness in this area.
Our vision for the Career and Youth Expo is to also invite local youth support services to be involved in the day to help raise awareness amongst young people of the different networks available locally to support them.
Our Grafton staff have been personally affected by the tragic loss of young people’s lives in Grafton and they believe that this event will help send a strong message to local youth that they are not alone, there are clear pathways available to them and support services on hand to assist them if needed.
The main objective of this event is to provide a fun, practical and informative day for Clarence Valley youth and High School students. It’s designed to increase their positivity about the future and raise awareness of the different career pathways and support networks available to them.
The proposed event will be held in Grafton in August between 9.30am and 2.30pm. The event will feature the following:
- Information stalls – employment, training, mental health services, youth support networks
- Mock / real interviews
- How to write a resume
- How to fill out a job application
- Employer / Industry insights – Local employers/professionals to speak about their career journeys and provide insights into working in their industries. Providing tips to job seekers.
- Successful Youth Case Studies – Young people to share their stories