The Australian College of Applied Psychology held its first VET Industry Day on February 10, with more than 100 current and newly enrolled diploma students attending the expo.
The informal event was created by the college as a way for community health agencies to showcase their niche services to ACAP students seeking work placement.
Representatives from 21 organisations hosted displays at the Sydney campus. They provided details to ACAP students and educators about opportunities for 2016, including for employment and volunteering, as well as for placement, which forms a practical component of many ACAP courses.
“Our VET Industry Day was a valuable chance for students to ask community service providers about their experiences in the field and to hear about the results their programs achieve for clients,” said organiser, Fiona O’Sullivan, ACAP’s Director of Community Engagement.
Among the participants from addiction services were Odyssey House, Wayback and Drug ARM.
Youth work agencies at the expo included The Burdekin Association, Raise and Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets. Exhibitors New Horizons, Uspace and Way Ahead represented agencies from the mental health sector.
Family counselling service Interrelate was one of many from the relationship counselling sector that was present on the day. Housing service specialists Settlement Services International also attended.
Positive feedback from participants in the inaugural event has ensured its place on the college’s annual calendar.
“VET Industry Day is a new way for ACAP to maintain its links with respected allied health sector employers. The expo was ideal for students to explore different options and make informed decisions about their professional future,” said Fiona.
Find out more about ACAP’s courses and the career opportunities available in the rewarding allied health services sector.