A healthy future for careers on the coast
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017

What career and job opportunities will be available on the Sunshine Coast in 2025 and what should young people do now to prepare?

More than 1000 high school students from across the region got a firsthand look at what the future holds for them at today’s Future Careers +2025 Expo and Health Heroes event at Lake Kawana Community Centre.

Kawana Waters State College Year 10 students Tallulah Hunter and Jessie Fitzakerley said the council event was fun and extremely informative.

“Really interesting, really educational, it has really opened my mind to some of the things I thought I knew about some career pathways but it’s really been helpful with all the extra information here that I’ve been able to take away about so many possible future career pathways here,” Jessie said.

“The most eye-opening thing about today was two of the major industries here on the Coast, health and technology in the future – there really are so many pathways in both and technology is going to be such a big part of our education as well so it’s been great to get so much exposure to that here today,” Tallulah said. 

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said the Future Careers+2025 Expo and Health Heroes event aimed to highlight the impact that technology and innovation will have on future career opportunities for young people within the Sunshine Coast’s seven high-value industries.

“Today’s  event was a terrific way to enlighten Year 9 and 10 students about future career opportunities within our seven high value industries here on the Coast and also to provide them with some real-world insight into these careers via our many exhibitors here on the day,” Cr Robinson said.

These high value industries  are Education and Research, Tourism, Sport and Leisure, Knowledge and Professional Services, Health and Wellbeing, Aviation and Aerospace, Clean Technologies and Agribusiness. They’re outlined in our Regional Economic Development Strategy which is a 20-year vision and blueprint for sustainable future economic growth on the Sunshine Coast.

“They complement our region’s lifestyle and our natural advantages and will provide a platform for future quality employment opportunities for young people and reassure them that their future can be here.

The seven high value industries were represented by around  70 local exhibitors   at today’s event, including Buderim-based 3D printing business RESOLVE3D, who provided students with a high-tech glimpse into the future of food production.

“The stand we provided today displayed a miniaturised production line of edible treats using 3D printing and automation,” RESOLVE3D Director David Kuhnert said.

“The process  included a loader that took  biscuits and placed them on a rotating carousel. This carousel  then positioned the items under the CNC platform where the extrusion of a decorative edible mixture  took place.

“The use of 3d printing to decorate food is increasing due to its incredible efficiency and it’s certainly going to become prevalent into the future so what we had today for the students to work on was a definite insight into what the future holds and the types of skills they’ll require in this industry.”

Health & Wellbeing is the largest employer on the Sunshine Coast with around 1700 healthcare businesses that currently employ around 21,000 people. The recently opened $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital is estimated to offer around 6,000 jobs by 2021.

Kawana Waters State College delivered the Health Heroes component of today’s event and Deputy Principal Brett Allen said it provided great value to students entering their most important school years. 

“Choosing the right elective subjects for the final years at school is such a big decision for secondary students so to have 70 exhibitors here today to give them a real world insight into the possible future career opportunities here on the Coast and the study pathways they’ll need to get there was tremendously valuable,” he said.

“Today’s event also provided information on education pathways to help youngsters achieve the relevant qualifications for future careers within our region’s seven high value industries right here on the coast.”

Study Sunshine Coast was also amongst the exhibitors at the Future Careers+ Expo, to promote the region as an attractive destination for local students to embark on future tertiary studies.

Study Sunshine Coast’s international and local Student Ambassadors were on hand to speak to school students about their positive experiences studying in the region.

An initiative of Sunshine Coast Council, the regional Education and Research Industry Taskforce and Education Sunshine Coast, Study Sunshine Coast (www.studysunshinecoast.com.au) aims to increase the number of international students and students from other part of Australia coming to our region for tertiary studies as well as retaining more local students.

For more information about future careers on the Sunshine Coast click here or visit the business section on council’s website.