Bronson Harrison writing his column for NRL.com at home.

Bronson Harrison's rugby league career spanned 11 years, 196 NRL games and 12 Test appearances for New Zealand, but now he is at the forefront of a new career path.

Harrison was part of the Skills & Thrills careers showcases across the western and northern suburbs of Sydney promoting the importance of learning a trade.

The showcases aimed to raise awareness of Australia's skills shortages and highlight the many career pathways available through Vocational Education and Training.

"When I finished rugby league I had other interests to follow, it has helped me develop and develop people who were alongside me," Harrison said.

"There is a big skill shortage in the building industry. We are looking out for kids who are committed, and we'll help develop them and grow them as people and provide a good pathway.

"In the brick laying industry they are crying out for apprentices, you can understand once you get through that hard work it can set you up for the rest of your life. I think that is really important to drive that message home."

The Skills and Thrills showcases examined new and emerging projects taking place across Sydney in order to reveal industries where there are abundant job opportunities. The shows also brought focus to current and future demands on sectors experiencing skills shortages, such as tourism, hospitality, construction, primary industries, childcare and healthcare, and what can be done to address these needs. With information delivered in an engaging way, the show achieved its goal of changing the way people viewed VET.

Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors at the Skills and Thrills showcases

More information on the Skills & Thrills showcase