The Lebanese Muslim Association is collaborating with CORE Community Services to hold the Future Path Expo 2023, which has been scheduled for Wednesday 8 November from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Liverpool in southwestern Sydney.

Formerly known as the LMA Career Expo, the employment fair has been a highlight of the LMA’s events calendar for a number of years and the 2023 offering promises to be the best yet!

Last year, the Expo was held in the LMA’s Events Hall in Lakemba but due to unprecedented interest and growth this year, it has been relocated to a much larger venue: the Whitlam Leisure Centre at 90 Memorial Avenue, Liverpool.

The Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool will be the venue of the Expo for the first time.

The central theme of the event is “Navigating Youth Careers & Education” and the organisers anticipate having more than 60 stallholders from across southwestern Sydney participating in the Expo with their own dedicated stands, to engage students from a number of schools and other educational centres.

The primary objective of the event is to encourage and motivate young people to see themselves in various spaces and find out what future career and skill development pathways are available within different organisations and businesses.

The Future Path Expo 2023 will play a pivotal role in providing young people including but not limited to newly arrived migrants and those from refugee backgrounds with valuable insights into various career, vocational and tertiary opportunities that will support their skill development and practical experience.

The importance of this initiative cannot be overstated as equipping our youth and their families with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their futures is crucial.

It is quite disturbing that in the southwestern Sydney region alone, more than 130,000 young people aged 15 and over currently lack formal qualifications and have little or no work experience.

The Expo aims to be a collective effort to change these statistics and give these individuals the tools they need to succeed.

The day offers a wide array of features and highlights, including interactive stalls, free workshops, games, prizes, a photo booth for memorable moments, guest speakers to inspire and educate and a free barbecue.

LMA community support worker Lynda Kartout is a driving force behind this year’s Expo and she emphasised the event’s growth, telling AMUST: “We are really looking forward to the Expo which has gone to another level this year, largely due to the support we have received from our major partners CORE Community Services and Liverpool City Council.”

“We’ve also partnered with various schools and colleges, and it’s great to have so many businesses, training and educational organisations and sponsors on board and of course, our Media Partner AMUST.”