Year 9 students will get a “taste of the world of work” this term with the chance to explore career opportunities through practical industry-based experience. Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen will deliver 20 trade careers workshops to about 400 students from 22 regional schools. As part of the State Government’s $22 million Career Taster Program, students from Jerramungup District High School, Gnowangerup District High School and Wagin District High School will be able to participate. “These workshops are delivered by passionate professionals who offer hands-on practical career taster experiences and it’s exciting that around 400 school students in regional and remote WA will have the opportunity to participate this term,” Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said. The workshops will give students a chance to have a go at a variety of trades. They will be able to interact with local tradespeople and the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry to highlight regional industries and local pathways. The Career Taster Program gives students access to career information while helping them find skills they already have and transfer them to a range of potential careers. “Early engagement of young people through fun and practical career exploration activities provides them with the tools they need to make decisions about their future,” Ms Ellery said. Launched last year, the program was developed to spark Year 9 students’ “career curiosity” and provide an understanding of career pathways to assist students with making decisions about their subject selections for Year 11 and 12. By June 2022, more than 4900 students from 66 schools had participated in Career Taster Program activities. “Importantly, these workshops will ignite students’ career curiosity while making connections between education and post-school pathways and the opportunities available in their region,” Ms Ellery said.