Recently our Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance campuses played hosts to 29 grade five students from Lakes Entrance Primary School who participated in a Careers Tour which is designed to give the students an idea of the types of careers choices available to them post-school.

The Smith Family, as the lead agency in the Lakes Entrance Schools and Community Hub, partnered with Federation Training to organise the day which is an initiative that is now in its second year.

Glenn Bury of The Smith Family said “This has now developed into an ongoing event which we hope will continue into the future and is only possible due to our strong partnership with Federation Training. Not only does the day provide insight into vocational training but also gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge of the wide range of career choices available.”

Students and their teachers attended a full day of sessions, gaining industry information in a range of vocations including; Building and Construction and Automotive trades at the Bairnsdale Trade Centre; Health, Nursing, Personal Care Attendant training, Early Childhood Education and Care, Hospitality and Koori studies at the main Bairnsdale Campus; Conservation Land Management and Forestry at Forestec, and Maritime courses at SEAMEC.

As usual, Federation Training staff provided specialised expertise in regard to studying in all of the above areas whilst stressing the importance of school completion and developing good literacy and numeracy skills.

Once again sessions were expertly prepared and age appropriate for the grade five students.

At the end of the day all students received a certificate of participation and a show bag.

After being asked what they enjoyed most about the day, the students couldn’t contain their excitement, answering:

“I learnt you can get a boat license when you are 12 years old” Sienna Watson.

I enjoyed the cooking and the hospitality area” Amealia Oliver.

“You can make a chair with a chainsaw in about five minutes” Riley Reece.

“Nurses use a lifting chair to lift people that can’t walk” Riley Bushby.

“I liked the cooking area because we got to try food that the chefs made” Xavianna Whitfield.

“Childcare was fun and I got to make a bracelet which was awesome” Chloe Palmieri.