FUTURE LEARNING: Bright Sparks 2016 presenter James Novak is running a 3D printing workshop with Wayne Day
FUTURE LEARNING: Bright Sparks 2016 presenter James Novak is running a 3D printing workshop with Wayne Day MURRAY RIX

Bright sparks wanted for innovative careers

FANCY a career as a drone pilot, SFX guru for blockbuster movies, designing online games or as a robotics technician?

Then you need to view the Bright Sparks 2017 program, a free three-day science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics event preparing young students and school leavers for jobs of the future. which includes drone flying, clean energy, online gaming and more hosted by North Coast TAFE.

Bright Sparks 2017 is designed for students and their families to take a peek inside the classrooms of the future and get an understanding of the emerging trends and changes in the careers landscape.

This innovative seminar is hosted in partnership with the Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Lismore, NSW Department of Education, Regional Development Australia, Southern Cross University and Trinity Catholic College Lismore.

According to North Coast TAFE Innovation Consultant, Peter Smith, there are a number of creative start-up companies in the design and prototype phases locally, who are on the cusp of very big things.

"Over the past decade the local manufacturing industry has undergone a steady transformation towards more sophisticated manufacturing and using web-technology to deliver clever travel offerings and of course the exponential growth in e-commerce" he said.

"Local businesses are creating some really interesting roles that we haven't seen before. Whether its animation or visual effects for Hollywood movies, drone piloting for real estate, computer aided design for machine parts, or developing technology or robotics for agriculture or marine manufacture."

Mr Smith said students and families who are looking into the future should keeping an open mind, be curious and adventurous students will be well prepared for emerging opportunities.

"As nearly three-quarters of young people entering the workforce are starting in jobs that will be radically affected by automation over the next 10 years, employees will need to adapt and be agile, and employers will likewise need to provide their staff with the training required to meet the new roles," says Mr Smith.

If you're curious about exploring innovative careers, North Coast TAFE is holding free workshops from 17-19 January 2017. View the Bright Sparks 2017 program online.



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