Far North Queensland Secondary Schools Transition Expo 2017
Photo: L to R – Jim Haywood, Centacare – My Future: My Life; Lynne Zappala, TAFE Queensland; Deb Selway, WorkAbility Qld Local Coordinator FNQ; and David Swayn, National Disability Coordination Officer, North Queensland
Bigger than expected crowds were experienced at the recent Far North Queensland (FNQ) Secondary Schools Transition Expo 2017 in Cairns, attracting school students with disability and their families from across the region.
The annual event, organised by the Cairns Transition Network, enabled disability service providers to showcase their services to school students with a disability with the aim of helping them transition from school to work, further education, or other endeavours.
Lynne Zappala, TAFE Queensland Disability Support Officer, and a founding member of the Cairns Transition Network, said it was lovely to see families interacting with the service providers to gain information toward reaching positive post-school outcomes.
“The Cairns Transition Network is a group of education, training, higher education, employment and community service providers who link together to improve the transitions and outcomes for people with a disability,” she said.
Further information on the Cairns Transition Network can be found at www.cairnstransition.net.au or on their Facebook page @CairnsTransitionNetwork.
David Swayn, the National Disability Coordination Officer – North Queensland, who also helped organise the Expo said it is an outstanding event for people with disability, which showcases the many options for support, study and work after school.
“This year, we had some exceptional interactive stops including virtual reality tours of work and University, a job interview station, NDIS planning sessions and more.
I am absolutely impressed by this wonderful group of volunteers for what they have produced for the Cairns region,” he said.
Jim Haywood, Manager of Centacare Self Directed supports, representing My Future: My Life initiative at the Expo said that he had attended similar events across Queensland and was likewise impressed with the dedication and commitment of the Cairns Transition Network and the professionalism in tailoring this unique experience for young people from across Far North Queensland.
Local WorkAbility Qld Coordinator for FNQ, Deb Selway, also commented that it was wonderful to see so much enthusiasm from the students eagerly engaging with all the exhibitors.
She said the main hall was filled with positive conversations that may well lead to many and varied pathways opening up for those students who attended the Cairns Expo event.
For more information on the WorkAbility Qld local working group for Far North Queensland contact:
Far North Queensland Local WorkAbility Qld Coordinator
Phone: 0459 871 650