Souths Cares Liverpool Opportunity Hub had the pleasure of hosting over 300 attendees at their Education, Employment and Wellbeing Expo, held at the Whitlam Leisure Centre on Wednesday 23rd March 2022.
The event was officially opened by Aunty Fay Smith, a representative from the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council which was followed by two stunning cultural dance performances from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students from Ashcroft High School. The students have been working with Cultural mentors from Marumali since the start of the year, with the Expo being the first time the groups have performed in front of an audience.
Building off the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Expo was tailored to support program participants from the Liverpool Opportunity Hub and the local community develop and navigate their future study, training and career aspirations.
The Expo was well attended with 25 education, employment and community sector stallholders as well as practical workshops hosted by Souths Cares on developing resumes and enhancing employment skills.
The second half of the day included a big BBQ Lunch, Traditional Indigenous Games and an Introduction to Weaving Workshop which added a cultural infusion to the event.
The team were excited to welcome nine schools from across the South Western Sydney region to the event which included Ashcroft High School, Casula High School, Cecil Hills High School, Eagle Vale High School, James Meehan High School, Lawrence Hargrave High School, Liverpool Boys High School, Macquarie Fields High School and Patrician Brothers Catholic College Fairfield.
Tiarna Lee Thorne is a Year 12 student from Aschcroft High School who attended the Expo and felt the event had a big impact on her career aspirations.
“My little brothers and I are all part of the Opportunity Hub and our family is lucky to experience the program. After attending the event today I’ve decided I want to explore a career in community services, support our people and hopefully get a job with Souths Cares!”, Tiarna said.
Adam Daniels is the Student and Community Liaison for Sydney Catholic Schools and explained the event was about inspiring young people to consider the endless possibilities in their future careers.
“Being able to connect with study and employment opportunities through the Souths Cares Expo gives our young people the confidence to open their eyes to the world of possibilities they might not have known about.
As a parent and professional, I see the needs for these events and how they are making a real impact on the future of our young people”, Adam said.
The team will be hosting a second Education, Employment and Wellbeing Expo later this year on Wednesday 23rd November 2022 at the Whitlam Leisure Centre.
The Liverpool Opportunity Hub is proudly supported by Training Services NSW.