The Students are our Future

By Gaming Technologies Association, 10 October, 2017


In August, thirty-two student volunteers from the Events and Hospitality faculties of TAFE NSW Ultimo and Loftus campuses joined the event team of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) to assist with the running of their three day event at ICC Sydney.

The students had the opportunity to experience the large trade event from bump in through to close, and were able to interact with exhibitors and visitors, many of whom were also potential employers.

As part of their Diploma course students are required to complete practical hours volunteering at events, reporting on their experience and completing assignments relevant to their studies. As a result of assisting at the AGE some of the students completed a course component that had them develop an ‘Event Volunteer Manual’ specifically for the AGE.

During bump in students were taken on a tour of ICC Sydney, by ICC Sydney staff, to see what the new venue had to offer event coordinators. Students had access to complementary meals and refreshments from the café throughout the event, and were recognised with a certificate of participation after the event. TAFE NSW was provided with a complementary exhibitor stand that gave them the opportunity to promote their courses and students to over 6000 visitors from the hospitality industry, Australia wide.

“After 27 successful years of the AGE we went into this event wanting to support the students who are the future of the Events and Hospitality Industry”, said Ross Ferrar, CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, who host the AGE, “what we found were eager and resourceful students willing to take initiative, and who taught us a few things along the way”.

Source: Gaming Technologies Association