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Career discovery just a click away for Year 9s

26 May 2022

Yesterday our East Perth campus hosted Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery to launch the Career Taster Program and online portal. 

The $22 million Careers Taster Program gives Year 9 students across WA opportunities to engage in interactive activities designed to spark their career curiosity. 

Co-designed with industry, education experts, TAFEs and school sectors, the program offers an exciting opportunity for students to extend their thinking through practical industry experiences to learn more about the jobs they are interested in and experience the world of work. 

The Premier and Minister joined Year 9 Students from La Salle College at NMTAFE’s second Career Taster Program. Students participated in practical activities in autonomous operations and mechanical fitting.  

They performed hands on mechanical fitting tasks that form the basis of skills required in mining, mechanical engineering and maintenance trades as well as used radio equipment to control haul-trucks and diggers in a simulated miniature pit. 

Premier McGowan said that the program had been specifically designed to give Year 9 students a taste of the world of work.  

"By providing early access to career information and education pathways, this program arms young people with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their future,” he said.  

Minister Ellery said exposing high school students to post-school opportunities early, can help to keep them engaged with school and training.  

"Providing Year 9 students with real world experiences and showing them the many exciting opportunities and careers available, helps them to make connections between training and education pathways and occupations,” she said. 

NMTAFE will host 3,000+ Year 9 students across 50 Career Taster Programs this year. 

Find out more about NMTAFE’s Careers Taster Program(opens in a new tab) or check out the new portal(opens in a new tab) .