Work Expo



The Huddle hosts a Work Expo each year to connect young people with employers, offer pathways advice and explore career options in a rapidly changing world of work. In 2016, we had a focus on digital skills to highlight the changing nature of work and enable conversations on the impacts of technologies in a range of industries.

The Work Expo is a very positive experience where the goodwill of employers, trainers, community, teachers and young people come together in one space, to share what we know about employment and the world of work.

This year, through a series of workshops, young people considered global change due to new technologies, developed communication skills to prepare them for interviews and learnt how to build a safe online profile for the purposes of seeking a job.

They also took time to discuss different sorts of work with employers, trainers and trainees across a large range of industries. Employers have indicated that young people need digital, communication and interpersonal skills in order to be successful in the workplace. This poses a few questions for educators:

  • What are ‘soft skills’?
  • How are cultures and styles privileged or rejected in the context of assessing or judging ‘soft skills’ in a work place?
  • Which digital skills are relevant? And to which industries?
  • How can we get young people interested in soft skills or digital skills?
  • Assuming we believe everyone has the right to work, whose responsibility is it to ensure that young people can acquire these skills?


Soccer dance connect

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Expanding horizons for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds – connecting through to the art, stories and experiences in sport and life.

Ahilan Ratnamohan conducted workshops with young migrants and refugees at The Huddle when he visited the Arts House to perform SDS1. As an experienced player and performer from western Sydney, Ahil connects with young people through games, talk, soccer and movement. Ahil on Vimeo

Ahil’s soccer and movement workshops are superb. Over a day at The Huddle, a group of 30 young people from 3 schools and some only recently arrived in Australia, enjoyed hearing about Ahil’s life, viewing his performance work and doing a skills-based workshop.

There was one person that Ahil connected with, which was potentially life changing. I hadn’t met him before as he is in community detention in Melbourne and is soon to return to Nauru. He is allowed out of detention to attend school but little else.

Initially he had a negative demeanour and behaviours, and we were not sure that he would join in the activities at all. Overall, he painted the very grim picture that we imagine when we think of young men, trapped within a system and disempowered.

Thanks to Ahil, he made sure to connect with this person and learn about his prowess in sport in his home country, Iran, and of his love for soccer. Once he found a point of connection, he came to life and joined the workshop.

Afterwards, Ahil offered to see whether there is any possibility of him joining a team to train for the short time he is in Melbourne – a small but important gesture towards helping someone to feel valued and connected to community.

Having worked with sports people here and in Europe, Ahil understands the migrant/refugee experience so well. He picked up on the group’s interests intuitively and it was very beneficial for them to work with someone who lives and works globally, who blends genres and languages, respects cultures and welcomes everyone so effortlessly.




My Special Place



At The Huddle we have a wall where we can write and draw places that hold special meaning for us. Anyone at The Huddle can contribute to the wall. We use our wall to dream, imagine and be creative and expressive. Through it we improve intercultural understanding, build identity and build a picture of our community for everyone to enjoy.


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