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Local students explore opportunities for life after school

Bundaberg State High School students hear from The University of Queensland spokesperson at the Careers, Jobs and Business Expo

Bundaberg’s Careers, Jobs and Business Expo was hosted at the Bundaberg Multiplex this week, with students from a number of high schools touring the exhibitions to gain inspiration for their future endeavours.

With a range of exhibitors from universities, accommodation providers, apprenticeship providers and health services, there was something for everyone to learn.

A number of high schools across the Bundaberg Region attended the event to provide students with the opportunity to explore career options after high school.

Betty Lappin from Busy at Work Apprenticeship Services said she loved attending an event with so many students engaged and asking all the right questions.

“It is great to showcase the range of apprenticeships we have on offer to all the students attending who are predominantly in grade 10 which is a good time to start making decisions,” she said.

“They have been exceptional, and they are just great, asking all the right questions.”

With a range of options available within the Bundaberg Region, Busy at Work has found there are many popular industries that students tend to be interested in.

“The most common apprenticeships include electro technology, plumbing, carpentry, hairdressing, and childcare, it is just endless.”

“The thing about Bundaberg is we don’t have a particular industry, although production horticulture is becoming big and being adopted by some of the businesses around the region.”

Visitors to the event were provided the opportunity to ask questions to find out which option of tertiary education or apprenticeship suited them best.

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Students from Bundaberg State High enjoying their time at the Careers, Jobs and Business Expo

Bundaberg State High School grade 9 student Sophie Moore said the event had given her the chance to find out more about what university life might be like and what opportunities were out there to help guide her next few years of senior high schooling.

“It has been good to learn about the opportunities that I can have at university, as I want to study either science or physiotherapy which would involve possibly moving to somewhere like Brisbane,” she said.

“It has been really helpful to be able to talk to people at the university stands about how they have found the university experience.

“Everyone has been very welcoming and have had a lot of fun with their courses.”

Bundaberg Regional Council was a sponsor of the event through the Jobs Commitment program.

The program aims to connect employers with youth to inspire and assist them in making decisions to pursue a life that includes work and education after they leave school.

Jobs Commitment was created to address the Bundaberg Region’s high youth unemployment and disengagement rates.

You can find out more about the program here.

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  1. With the way things are run to the 4000 jobs at Whitsundays, Cairns, Townsville or Mackay they announced. A few years working in paradise with Free flights & cash incentives for going?

    Like being on holiday you didn't have to pay for on your time off & while getting payed for any work you do. COVID is probably going to kill any chance of a career here.

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