On this page you'll find occasional updates from the CareerQuip team.
18 May 2023
CareerQuip 2023 is bringing opportunities for Mid Coast locals to explore career options with the return of CareerQuip on July 27th, and organisers are pleased to advise exhibitor registrations are now open.
After the massive success of last year, when the event was held by the Manning River in Pulteney Street, community members, parents, teachers and students from high schools up and down the coast are invited to return for CareerQuip 2023.
Taree Universities Campus CEO Donna Ballard says, "The event is for Year 10 students making their first tentative career transition steps, for HSC students deciding over tertiary or vocational, and for career changers looking to meet with employers to discover a path to shape their future."
Exhibitors provide professional careers information and opportunities in skills shortage areas with local employers exhibiting on the day to around 2000 attendees.
Rheyanon Shields of Defence Force Recruiting said of last year's event, "Well done for pulling together such a fantastic opportunity. Our team were absolutely smashed with enquiries."
This developing event is made possible by an expanding list of sponsors including Training Services NSW — Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP), Taree Universities Campus and the TUC Learning Community, Mid Coast Connect and Roger Edwards Insurance Brokers. They are being supported by the Office of Regional Youth and Savvy Web Design, along with the Lower North Coast Careers Advisers Association (LNCCAA).
Businesses and organisations interested in exhibiting at Mid Coast CareerQuip can register on the Mid Coast CareerQuip - Exhibitor Registration page.
16 May 2023
We're delighted to open exhibitor registrations for CareerQuip 2023. We showcased over 50 exhibitors in 2022, and we're expecting a variety of exhibitors this year to build upon last year's success.
More information will be added to this website as it comes in. We invite you to follow CareerQuip on social media to stay in the loop.
1 June 2022
CareerQuip is excited to announce that we have over 50 exhibitors registered for this year's event!
Exhibitors will include tertiary education institutes, vocational training providers, armed forces, local employers, and more.
You can see the current list of exhibitors on the Exhibitors page.
17 May 2022, amended 16 June 2022
As a response to COVID style restrictions and a genuine desire to involve community, the 2022 Lower North Coast Careers Expo will move beyond the school environment to become CareerQuip.
The event will take place in and around Taree's Fotheringham Park, Taree Universities Campus and the old Greater Taree Council building on the corner of River and Pulteney Street on Thursday 28th July.
Glen Bowman, Careers Advisor at Taree High School, says "The upscaling of the event allows all community members, not just high school students, access to professional careers information or to seek out new opportunities in skills shortage areas from a plethora of providers."
The all-day event is timed to assist as many people as possible to access the expo starting from 8am for pre work visits with the day extending through to 4pm.
"We are only just starting to advertise for exhibitors now and hope to attract 100 registrations to fill the space from the old council building through to the [park] with a range of vibrant options for local students and their parents to experience and explore career opportunities," says Donna Ballard, CEO of Taree Universities Campus.
More than 40 exhibitors have already registered attendance; these range from the regional and metro universities, the Sydney Flight School, School of Hotel Management, Defence Force Academy, and ten local employers.
Schools from the Camden Haven to Gloucester to Bulahdelah will bus in high school students, with organisers expecting 1500-2000 students to visit at staggered times across the day.
Erin Saunders, Taree University Centre Coordinator for UNE adds, "The more interactive an exhibitor’s stand can be the better. We want people to feel engaged in what is available to them in their future career, so we encourage exhibitors to bring along portable equipment with them to really show and display what they do, and to include the students in that experience".
Mr. Bowman suggests, "We can provide marquees if businesses need one, and we would like coffee vans and food vans to come along too."
Recognising that not all business owners can be away from their business for the whole day, organisers are contemplating setting up a marquee, for those businesses to book an hour or two and still be involved.
Mrs. Ballard says, "We want to help local business to find staff to meet their skills gaps."
Those interested in registering for an exhibition space are encouraged to book by Friday 10th June.
15 April 2022, amended 16 June 2022
CareerQuip is an exciting new evolution for the Lower North Coast Careers Advisors' long-running series of careers expo events.
This year's event will take place in and around Taree's Fotheringham Park, Taree University Campus, and TUC's new location in the former Mid Coast Council building.
The upscaling of the event allows all community members, not just high school students, access to professional careers information or to seek out new opportunities in skills shortage areas.
15 April 2022
As we gear up for the new-look CareerQuip, take a look back at the 2019 Careers Expo, held at Chatham High School, in this Manning River Times' feature article from August 5th 2019.