More than 1000 students across western Sydney abseiled, wielded tools and collected trade career information at the Try A Skill Expo.
The Blacktown Council-supported event at Kevin Betts Stadium, Mount Druitt, included hands-on activities and displays for TAFE qualifications, including animal care, automotive, commercial bakery, blacksmithing, carpentry, design, electrical trades and health sciences.
Logistics teacher David Kelleher said new warehouses at Erskine Park, Eastern Creek and Huntingwood were creating more jobs in the field, which employs 500,000 people across Australia.
‘‘It’s not just picking and packing in a warehouse,’’ Mr Kelleher said.
‘‘Purchase and supply, inventory control, import, export, forklift driving and truck driving is all part of the logistics industry.’’
BREED Partnership broker Stephen Gummerson said the expo gave students a chance to work out what they liked before choosing a career direction.
He said students in years 10 to 12 were the largest group of attendees but it was also useful for students in lower grades.
‘‘If people know more they can make better choices,’’ Mr Gummerson said.
Chifley College year 9 student Lawrence Ulberg said he really enjoyed working with timber.
‘‘It was really cool,’’ he said.
‘‘For times when something is wrecked in the house you can just fix it when you’ve learnt how to build.’’