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600 students from 30 high schools across the Hunter will get the chance to experience different trade and vocational career options in a fun, interactive Try’a Skill expo at TAFE NSW Newcastle from Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 May. 

The two-day event includes the third annual Deadly Skills – Try’a Skill, designed specifically for young Aboriginal people on Wednesday, whilst Thursday is open to all high school students across the Hunter region.

Students will be guided through fun hands-on activities by TAFE NSW’s industry expert teachers, allowing them to discover the different types of techniques and tools required in a large variety of trades and skills such as automotive services, building and construction, metals and engineering, industrial design, digital media, game development and film, hairdressing, children’s services, nursing and aged care.

Deadly Skills is a collaboration between TAFE NSW, the Aboriginal Learning Circle Hunter and the Newcastle Knights. During the day, Aboriginal students will participate in a half-day cultural workshop before getting hands-on with skills at TAFE NSW. The workshops will include traditional Aboriginal cultural practices such as traditional dance, bark canoe carving, basket weaving, and Didgeridoo painting.

Special Deadly Skills guests will include renowned Aboriginal comedian Kevin Kropinyeri, Dane Gagai and Jaelen Feeney from the Newcastle Knights, local Aboriginal Artist Seretta Fielding, as well and NRL Jillaroo players Rebecca Young and Simone Smith. 

TAFE NSW Director Aboriginal Learning Circle, Daniel Jack said more than 600 students will experience first-hand the many trade and vocational education programs at TAFE NSW and the career possibilities they offer. 

“TAFE NSW works closely with industry to design courses that will provide students with the skills they need to get a job, whilst also equipping them with practical experience and confidence to pursue their career dreams,” said Mr Jack.

“The value of experience can never be underestimated in helping young people to make informed decisions about their future, and this is precisely the aim of the Deadly Skills and Try’a Skill events.”

“We recognise that a strong connection to culture and identity has positive flow on effects to education and employment outcomes for young Aboriginal people. By collaborating with the Newcastle Knights we have created an annual event with the core focus on encouraging young Aboriginal people to engage with their education, this is what Deadly Skills is all about,” he said.

TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest training provider and offers more than 1200 courses, from certificate to degrees. As an education innovator, TAFE NSW is focused on shaping the future through state-of-the-art facilities, cutting edge technology and industry-leading teachers that deliver the world’s best practice skills training. Visit tafensw.edu.au.