Lower Eyre Peninsula Careers and Further Education Expo a one-stop-shop for student advice

CAREERS EXPO: Navigator College's head of senior school Jamie Fewster with students Ania Constantinopoulos, Sophie Sampson, Jayden Whittle and Lachlan Webb in front of the school's Mangiri Centre, which will host the expo.
CAREERS EXPO: Navigator College's head of senior school Jamie Fewster with students Ania Constantinopoulos, Sophie Sampson, Jayden Whittle and Lachlan Webb in front of the school's Mangiri Centre, which will host the expo.

Senior students from around the region will learn more about their options for life after school at a one-stop-shop for careers and further education advice at Navigator College on Friday, May 25.

Schools from around Lower and Eastern Eyre Peninsula will take part in the Lower Eyre Peninsula Careers and Further Education Expo supported by the Port Lincoln Community bank and the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation.

Navigator College head of senior school Jamie Fewster said expo was inspired by something similar in the Murraylands where he used to teach and other Port Lincoln schools had embraced the concept.

A team from Port Lincoln High School, St Joseph’s School, Navigator College and the Education Department have put together the expo, which they hope will be held every two years at different local schools.

Mr Fewster said there were expos in Adelaide but it was a long way to go and it was easier to bring a few people to Port Lincoln than take 50 students or more to Adelaide.

More than 30 businesses, employment agencies and educational institutions will take part including the three South Australian universities and TAFE SA.

Mr Fewster said the expo would also promote Vocational Education Training opportunities, which was an area where the three Port Lincoln schools were already working well together sharing resources.

Apart from stalls inside the college’s Mangiri Centre, there will be hands on activities such as soil testing by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) and Fisheries officers will bring their boat.

Mr Fewster said the expo would give students the opportunity to go straight to the “horse’s mouth” with career questions and offer direction for students who had no idea what they wanted to do.

The expo will target mainly year 10 and 11 students but there will be some year 8, 9 and 12 students taking part.