Dip into world of driving diggers

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 05:00 01/08/2014
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HANDS ON: Southland Boys' High School students Oli Dyet, 16, Piet Grandiek, 17, and Mitchell Leask, 17, have a go on the Digger.

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Southland Boys' High School pupil Jaz Pou has always wanted to be a digger driver.

Yesterday he got the opportunity to give it a whirl.

Jaz, 16, was one of hundreds of Southland secondary school pupils who flocked to Career Fest Southland at Stadium Southland to test out the direction they wanted to head when they left school.

Spending time at Digger School at the festival, Pou said he had enjoyed the interactive displays.

Jaz's dad had been driving diggers for most of his life.

"He let me and my older brother have a play in the digger and it's been my lifelong dream [to drive diggers] ever since," Jaz said.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic's Southland Digger School operates near Oreti Beach.

Tutor Nigel Tawhai had toy diggers and a simulator at the expo to show what a digger driving career could be like.

The annual Career Fest Southland gives high school pupils the chance to meet teachers and students from educational institutes such as the Southland Institute of Technology as well as the army, navy and air force.

It finishes today. 

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