Next Tuesday, June 26th and Wednesday, June 27th Skillset Workforce, and Moolarben Coal’s Try-a-Trade Expo will give 350 local high school students the opportunity to try a variety of vocational trades to help them on their journey to their future career.

Try a Trade | Mudgee | Skillset Workforce

Deciding on what a Year 10 or 11 student may want to pursue when they leave school can be a difficult decision. The diverse range of trades involved gives students the opportunity to try and industry that they would never have considered before.

Some of the new businesses who will showcase for the first time are Mudgee Police, SES Mudgee, Mudgee Monkey, Country Physiotherapy, Plumbing Worx, Uavair – Unmanned Systems Training, Hort Enterprises, NSW Volunteer Rescue – Gulgong, Double R – Mudgee, TAFE Health Orange & Dubbo and TAFE Beauty Dubbo.

This event would not be possible without the support of local businesses and schools. Moolarben Coal General Manager Steve Archinal recognised that the Try-a-Trade expo is a valuable community initiative. “It helps students learn and gain hands-on experience in different industries. It’s important to showcase how much opportunity a young person has access to through Vocational Education and Training in regional NSW.”

Skillset Workforce Senior Manager Jane McWilliam said it’s important to show high school students that there are options other than university. “Previously aiming to attend university was promoted as one of the only options for high school students to consider once they left school. Try-a–Trade shows that there is a variety of opportunity for school leavers to access and VET can set individuals on a path to achieve incredible success.”

The NSW Government Department of Industry reports that 77% of VET graduates in NSW are employed after they complete their training and that median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000 compared to $54,000 which is the median graduate salary for students completing a bachelor degree at university.

The Try-a-Trade expo will be held at Mudgee High School on Tuesday June 26th and Wednesday June 27th. High school students across Western NSW will be attending and includes schools from Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Coolah, Mendooran, Kandos, and Dubbo.