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VI offers Try a Trade to students

Wednesday, 29 August 2018
By Wayne Robinson

Try a trade: Visual Impact

Wide format trade show Visual Impact will run a Try a Trade programme at its upcoming show in Sydney, aimed at giving schoolchildren the opportunity to learn about working in print.

Participants will have the chance to see a range of the latest digital print, sign, display and graphic design technology first hand, with a guided tour of the show, and to get some hands-on experience in various areas at a number of different stands at the event.

Try a Trade sessions kick off at the main expo entrance each day at 9.30am sharp and run until 2pm, will give students and their teachers a chance to learn about the range of career opportunities available in the visual industries, from traditional signage, digital and screen printing, laser cutting, signage layout, car wrapping, t-shirt printing to LED lighting.

The program is completely free of charge, but bookings are essential, with places limited to 60 students per session. Registrations close September 7- book online to reserve spots.

The programme is coordinated by Inspiring the Future Australia, and brings together schools, apprentices and industry specialists to give secondary students a taste of the exciting possibilities offered by in the broader print, design, sign and display sectors.

Adrian Rhodes, director of Inspiring the Future Australia, says the initiative is all about inspiring young people to reach their potential – and making them aware of how apprenticeships can be an excellent pathway to interesting, enjoyable and secure careers.

Rhodes says, “Getting in and having a try is a great way to learn more about apprenticeships in this vibrant industry and identify career paths that might be of interest,” adding that students will be able to take home the work they do during the day, along with a range of other goodies.

“Perhaps most importantly, we will be holding a daily lunch session where students will be able to meet and network with other apprentices and career champions, to find out more about opportunities in different businesses and market sectors and gain a real appreciation for what life as an apprentice is like.

“So, if you are a student who has given more than a passing thought to the possibility of an apprenticeship, a parent, neighbour or friend of a promising young person, or a teacher with students that have the kind of talent, practical ability and attitude that would make them great trade professionals, we would love to welcome you to the show.”

Visual Impact Sydney will run on Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, at Homebush Bay. Full details are available at Visual Impact website.

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