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Cairns Jobs and Skills Expo connects 340 to jobs and training

On 5 August 2013 the government assumed a Caretaker role, with an election to be held 7 September 2013.

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Friday 22 June 2012 Joint Media Release

The Hon Kate Ellis MP [link:/ellis]

• Minister for Employment Participation • Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Senator The Hon Kim Carr [link:/carr]

• Minister for Human Services

Senator The Hon Jan McLucas [link:/McLucas]

• Senator for Queensland

More than 3800 people attended the Jobs and Skills Expo in Cairns today where they learned about the employment and skills training opportunities on offer in the region.

Minister for Employment Participation Ms Kate Ellis said the Cairns Jobs and Skills Expo was a great success.

“While unemployment rates in some regions have improved, there’s more work to be done in many places, including Cairns and other local regions,” Ms Ellis said.

“People today took advantage of more than 640 job opportunities, submitting 1815 resumes to the 67 exhibitors.

“Exhibitors have told us as many as 340 job seekers may be placed in jobs - real

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jobs for people seeking work now.”

Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr said the outcome was a testament

to the strength of the community.

“Even in resource-rich Queensland not everyone is enjoying the benefits of the mining boom. As a community we need to work together to ensure everyone gets a fair go - today was a great example of this,” he said.

Local Federal Senator Jan McLucas praised job seekers and organisations who worked together to make the day a success.

“Today’s Jobs and Skills Expo was a great boost for the region and a wonderful instance of local organisations working together to help people find a job,” Senator McLucas said.

“It is never too late to up-skill, re-skill or engage in the workforce and the Expo helped people in Cairns to take the first step.”

Since October 2009, 55 Expos have been held across the country as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s $3 billion Building Australia’s Future Workforce

package.

More information on the Jobs and Skills Expos from the website www.humanservices.gov.au/expos [link:http://www.humanservices.gov.au/expos]

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