You can be anything you want

Otumoetai College students Axel Janello and Chrystal Yang. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

The Canvas Careers Showcase is taking place at the ASB Baypark Arena from Friday, August 11 to Saturday, August 12.

The showcase will give students and job seekers the chance to speak face-to-face with real people from businesses and tertiary institutions across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

A key feature of this year’s event is the ‘I Can Be…’ Inspiration Stage. Through bi-hourly talks, speakers will give their first-hand accounts of what skills are required for a career in their field in addition to sharing tips on getting your foot in the door.

One such speaker is Page Macrae Engineering representative, Logan Taylor, who will discuss his mechanical engineering apprenticeship. "Over time Page Macrae Engineering have produced some of the highest achievers in the trade,” says apprentice training coordinator Grant Holland. “At Canvas we’re excited to show you what we do, how we do it and let you get hands-on with some displays and challenges.”

Bay of Plenty Film’s general manager, Anton Steel, will also speak on the Inspiration Stage to share his story of establishing BOP Film and his vision to turn the region into a film maker’s haven. He will give tips on what it takes to get involved in Tauranga’s growing film production industry.

“Creating pathways for Bay of Plenty youth into this lucrative industry is a large part of our vision,” says Anton. “This is a boom time worldwide in terms of digital content creation, and the youth of today are more digitally connected than anyone, so we want to see the Bay become one of the world leaders in this space.”

To further engage with students, visitors to Canvas Careers Showcase are invited to download the event app, which allows them to connect with exhibitors, navigate the event with ease and access a schedule of what is on when. Anyone who downloads the app goes in the draw to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tauranga and Priority One. Visit for more information.

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