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More than 270 Ipswich residents find jobs at Expo



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More than 270 Ipswich residents find jobs at Expo

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

The Hon Shayne Neumann MP Member for Blair

14 June 2013

More than 3250 local job seekers were connected with hundreds of jobs and training opportunities today thanks to the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo in Ipswich.

Federal Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas said the Ipswich Jobs and Skills Expo was a great success with 540 jobs on offer.

"People took advantage of the many local full-time and part-time job opportunities, submitting 979 resumes to the 86 exhibitors - with many more interviews still to take place," Senator McLucas said.

"Exhibitors have told us as many as 275 of the full-time and part-time job vacancies on display at the Expo are likely to be filled by people who attended the event. That's a great outcome for the whole community.

"The feedback here today has been really positive. Employers, training providers and job seekers are saying what a great day they've had and the face-to-face interaction has been really beneficial.

"While the result from today's Expo is a great boost for the region, we know there's more work to be done.

"Our government is committed to providing practical programs to ensure everyone has an opportunity to work, or has access to the skills training they need help them get a job."

Mr Neumann said the outcome of the Expo was a testament to the local community.

"I'm delighted the local community rallied behind the Expo and so many people took the opportunity to make connections with employers and training providers," Mr Neumann said.

"The Ipswich Jobs and Skills Expo was a great boost, not just for local job seekers but also for the many companies and businesses who have found new employees here today.

"It is never too late to up-skill, re-skill or engage in the workforce and the Expo helped local job seekers take an important first step."

Since October 2009, 80 Expos have been held across the country linking almost 28,000 people up to a job or training opportunity as part of the Gillard Labor Government's $3 billion Building Australia's Future Workforce package.

"Labor stands for jobs and we've created over 960,000 jobs since 2007. This is just another practical way that our Government is investing in jobs and skills training."

More information on the Jobs and skills Expos from the website humanservices.gov.au/expos[6].