Career discovery for Year 9 students just a click away

06 July 2022 | Western Australia

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today officially launched the McGowan Government's new career taster portal, visiting North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth campus to see the Year 9 Career Taster Program in action.

The $22 million Career Taster Program gives Western Australian Year 9 students opportunities to engage in interactive activities to explore a range of industries, occupations and the skills needed for them.

Following a successful pilot, the Career Taster Program is being delivered across the State this year, giving Year 9 students a taste of the world of work through practical industry experiences that are designed to spark their 'career curiosity'.

Alongside the launch, students from La Salle College participated in practical activities in emerging technologies in the resources sector using radio equipment to control haul trucks and diggers in a simulated miniature pit.

They also performed hands-on mechanical fitting tasks that form the basis of skills required in a number of mining, mechanical engineering and maintenance trades. 

The new Career Taster Portal is a one-stop resource connecting students and schools with the program's industry taster experiences through a searchable database.

The portal also provides schools with access to resources to plan and deliver their program, and includes a function for employers to nominate to provide an experience.

With more than 100 experiences and comprehensive teaching resources already available, schools have the flexibility to design career exploration experiences that meet the needs of their students and local context.

The Career Taster Program was co-designed with industry, education experts, TAFEs and school sectors, and offers exciting opportunities for Year 9 students to extend their thinking through practical industry experiences, and learn more about the world of work and the jobs they are interested in.

Providing early access to career information and education pathways will help students to make informed decisions about future subject selections for Years 11 and 12.

More information on the Career Taster Program can be found at

Quick read


Career Taster Program to benefit more than 17,000 Year 9 students annually

New portal makes it easy to browse events, activities, resources and information online

$22 million program delivers on election commitment to support students to make informed career choices

2022-23 State Budget includes almost $6 billion to improve outcomes for WA school students and $76.5 million for training initiatives 


Further information

Government of Western Australia