Youth Careers Expo set for Lake Haven

Last year's expo drew 369 young people and 64 adults

The Y NSW will showcase an incredible array of career and training opportunities for Central Coast young people at a Youth Careers Expo on Thursday, September 15 at Lake Haven.

More than 50 stallholders will be at the Expo, representing local employers, support services, employment agencies, training organisations, government bodies and other businesses.

So far, 15 schools from the region are set to bus more than 500 students to the Expo, which will take place at Gravity Youth Centre and Lake Haven Recreation Centre from 10am-2pm.

“The Y believes in the power of inspired young people and is determined to help young people on the Central Coast connect with as many employment and training avenues as possible,” Head of Youth & Community Programs, Lisa Browne, said.

The free event will offer interactive demonstrations and industry insights to give young people confidence about opportunities on the Central Coast.

Young people can learn about government careers, certificate/diploma training opportunities, university pathways, community volunteering and apprentice/traineeship options as well as entry level job opportunities and specialist support.

“The Expo is designed to be interactive for young people, not adults sitting behind tables,” Central Coast Youth Program Coordinator, Virginia Walshaw, said.

“The whole idea of the Careers Expo is to show young people there’s a smorgasbord of choices for them, there’s so much they can do.”

The Y NSW Youth Careers Expo is supported by Central Coast Council.

The fully accessible and inclusive Expo will have specialist stands catering to all young people – mainstream students, young people of all-abilities and First Nation youth.

“A lot of people in this region don’t see further education, ongoing training, as something they’re capable of doing,” Walshaw said.

“So, for me, the whole employment expo is about starting that conversation.”

Walshaw said stallholder spots were still available and encouraged the public to come along to event, which will be run by volunteers and TAFE students.

“The idea is to get young people to recognise what they like to do already and have that turn into a career,” she said.

The 2021 Expo drew 369 young people and 64 adults.

Media release, Jun 23