On the 8th August, COMPACT Inc presented a Career & Employment Exchange Evening to the Griffith Community. The Evening was aimed towards Parents and Carers, School leavers, Job seekers, Community members seeking a career change, returning to work or wanting to upskill and retrain.
The Q & A Panel featured the following guest speakers who all provided valuable information to those in attendance:

  • Megan Mulrooney from COMPACT highlighting how valuable studying a VET course can be, Career Development programs COMPACT deliver, COMPACTs role in the Riverina Murray.
  • Marg Couch from Grow Our Own and Deakin Uni spoke about the different pathways available into universities in general, variety of scholarships on offer and also the Grow Our Own initiative which is local leaders from industry, education, community and government piloting an education and skills plan for the Western Riverina .
  • Sonia Rinaldo from MEGT provided all the facts on Apprenticeships and Traineeships and the role MEGT play with supporting employers, apprentices and trainees.
  • Jodie Ryan spoke about DES and TTW programs available.
  • Josie Marks from TAFE NSW provided an overview on TAFE NSW, the education and training available through the RTO and the pathways that can be taken from TAFE.
  • Libby Trembath from Dept of Education provided a brief overview of School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships and her role as Snr Pathways Officer overseeing VET Courses offered in Schools in the Griffith area.
  • Greg from CVGT provided information to jobseekers regarding the variety of services that are available and how to access the services as well as the Youth Jobs Path Internships.

The Panel also featured Anthony Nascimben from A & G Engineering, Dave Baxter from Proten and Ben Forner from Flavourtech who all spoke about their different career path and journeys to get to where they are all are now.

Following on from the Q & A Panel session was a marketplace in the foyer. The marketplace showcased: COMPACT, Serafin Ag Pro, Collier & Miller, Pinnacle Accounting, Charles Sturt University, Grow Our Own, Deakin Univeristy, Casella Wines, Owen Toyota, Griffith City Council, Baiada, Cozwine, Apprenticeship Support Australia, Goodstart Early Learning, MEGT, The Personnel Group, TAFE NSW, Western Riverina Community College and CVGT.

Attendees on the night were able to speak face to face with local business, employment and education providers on available work, career and training opportunities and the support available.