Central swamps Expo

Central reflected the biggest ever Skills West Expo by having our largest ever presence in the history of the career showcase.

The Expo is so large this year because it is also hosting the national finals of the Australian WorldSkills competition.

On the first day alone, over 3000 people visited the expo, including the Minister for Training and Workforce Development Dr Kim Hames MLA.

Central is out in full force, showcasing the great range of training courses we have to offer and the opportunities they can lead to.

Whether potential students are interested in business, creative arts, engineering, construction and mining, health, education and community services, IT, science, sport or tourism, Central’s stands offer an experiential and engaging introduction to each course.

Central staff are very easy to spot, sporting striking ‘hands on’ branded shirts made specifically for the Expo and taking our brand to all corners of the mammoth Convention Centre.

(Photos courtesy of Chi Hang Ho)

The Skills West Expo runs at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre until 20 September. The following day, the Institute will find out whether our four students finish in of the WorldSkills medal spots. They are:

Natasha Webster – Beauty Therapy

Allyana Goff – Web design

Jason Nesbitt – Jewellery Design

Jennifer Newby – Jewellery Design

Good luck you four.




Schools dig Get into Mining

On 27-28 June 2013 Central hosted ‘Get Into Mining’, our annual interactive mining careers Expo for high school children. This voluntary initiative first started in 2012 and was the brainchild of Meryl Jones, mother of two and geologist at St Barbara Limited.

Meryl wanted to provide an opportunity for her boys to see what jobs are available in mining and resources to help them make the right choices for their future education should they choose a career in the field.

This is a unique and much needed forum for high school children, giving them the chance to have face to face conversations with mining industry professionals, while also having a go at practical, hands-on activities. These sorts of opportunities are not often available through the educational curriculum and many mining professionals wish they could provide kids with an opportunity to understand what mining is about, without the preconceptions that  pervade most news reporting on the subject.

About the event

The event ran over two days with a ‘Girl’s day’ and a ‘Boy’s day’ with high schools from right across WA sending coach loads of students to Central for a taste of the industry.

The event draws on volunteer mining industry professionals and tradespeople to showcase what they do for a living at a level that can be appreciated by the students, mostly from Year 10.

Approximately 300 high school students participated in interactive activities aimed at helping them develop a preliminary understanding of: geology; underground metallurgy; environmental science; safety; hydrogeology; geophysics; geochemistry; various trades and HR/admin (CV writing). All students had a chance to tour The CUT Mine – Central’s amazing simulated underground mine.

Both days kicked-off with keynote presentations involving two of WA’s most inspirational mining leaders: Julie Shuttleworth (Metallurgist & Mine General Manager, Barrick) and Alastair Croll (Chief Operating Officer, St Barbara Ltd). Both talks highlighted the many positive aspects of a mining career such as international travel and adventure.

The Expo featured stands from the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy,  Department of Mines & Petroleum – Resources Safety, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Chamber of Minerals & Energy, Curtin University, University of WA, CCI (a Trade Association), Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance (GEMIA) and Central itself.  The helpful volunteers at each booth enjoying this great oportunity to explain what their respective organisations bring to the industry.