STUDENTS unsure of what to do after they finish secondary school are about to have a wealth of information at their fingertips thanks to Leeton High School again playing host to the annual Western Riverina Careers Expo on Tuesday, June 19.
For over a decade the expo has brought together a range of organisations in one place to help students make decisions about their future.
About 20 schools from across the western and northern Riverina will attend the day, with more than 1200 students expected to benefit.
Expo co-ordinator Julie Palmer expected it to be bigger than last year with over 80 exhibitors on the cards.
“We’ve got renovations at the school so there’s all the canteen area we can’t use,” Mrs Palmer said.
“We’re bringing in a massive marquee as well as using the carpark and the MPS is totally packed out.
“From 12 universities at the first one it has just grown and grown.”
The day benefits regional students by putting career and further study options under one roof.
A variety of stalls will be in place, from tertiary institutions, including universities and TAFE, and businesses, organisations and trades, to gap-year volunteer programs and the defence forces. There will be big displays by the Army and Roads and Maritime Services.
“There will be 10 to 15 new exhibitors this year, from the Sydney and Canberra area,” Mrs Palmer said.
“They’ve heard about it from other people. They contacted us and asked for information; they know about the expo and they want to come.”
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The Western Riverina Careers Expo is targeted at year 10, 11 and 12 students.
This year there will be students from as far afield as Griffith, Condobolin, Tullibigeal, Hay, Hillston, Oaklands, West Wyalong and Lake Cargelligo, as well as Leeton shire schools.
The schools are given a schedule of when to arrive to manage student movement through the expo.
Leeton High School careers advisor Brittany Becker said the event is opened up to all schools to attend.
“There’s some really small schools and a couple come twice with different groups,” Ms Becker said.
“It is open to the public as well. Last year a few parents came along with their kids to chat to the unis.”
While the event is hosted and supported by Leeton High, external funding is required to pull it off.
“In February we applied for funding through the Department of Education,” Ms Becker said. “We had to provide a budget and we got the maximum we applied for.
“It’s an annual event and Leeton High School is excited it gets to host it every year.”