It can be challenging to take a day out of work to give back to your community. Newman College would like to acknowledge our past students and other local businesses who did just this. 

Pictured above is Elijah Coles – a Newman College ex-student and now a full-time employee of Bale Defence. Elijah and six other Newman alumni participated in an Industry Display and Skills Challenge Day on Friday, November 24. 

Local Lismore Diocese school students were invited to interact with exhibitors and complete skills challenges to enhance their understanding of the local businesses working with young people to help them choose pathways to employment. 

Enthusiastically supported by local industry, schools and families, the Display and Challenge Day highlighted the various opportunities available in our region. It connected current students with past students who have travelled the Vocational & Educational (VET)Training Path that Newman provides.

Alumni exhibitors included Stowe Electrical – Chris Rowsell, Spray Paint Perfection, Clink Perkins, GWorks, Matthew Abdallah and Jack McLeod, and Bale Defence with Newman alumni Elijah Coles and Kobi Hale. Other exhibits included: Total Tools, Essential Energy, PMH Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Sovereign Hills Display Village, Mid Coast Connect, Panthers Port Macquarie, Bunnings, St Agnes’ Parish, Services, John Henry Institute, Wilderness Activity Centre & Cafe, Regional Industry Education Partnerships RIEP

Newman College appreciates our local businesses and the NSW Government, who proudly supported this event. 

“We are incredibly grateful to the many local businesses that partner with us, many of whom are past students of the College. They engage with our students and help steer them through their workplace year in and year out. Their uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships and continued support of the Newman College pathway is inspiring. Local businesses and organisations give students the opportunity for on-the-job training and allow the College to host events such as Skills Challenge and Industry Display Day. Their unwavering support is greatly appreciated.” Principal Mark Nunan