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More than 640 locals connected with jobs at Jobs and Skills Expo

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More than 640 locals connected with jobs at Jobs and Skills Expo

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

The Hon Janelle Saffin MP Federal Member for Page

16 April 2013

More than 640 locals were linked to jobs and training thanks to the Jobs and Skills Expo in Grafton today.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas said the Grafton Jobs and Skills Expo was a great success with 185 jobs on offer.

"People today took advantage of the 185 local full-time and part-time job opportunities, submitting 322 resumes to the 45 exhibitors - with many more interviews still to take place," Senator Jan McLucas said.

"Exhibitors have told us as many as 65 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.

"While the result from today's Expo is a great boost for the Clarence Valley, 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 to help them get a job."

Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin said the outcome of today's 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," Ms Saffin said.

"The Grafton Jobs and Skills Expo was a great success, not just for local job seekers but also for the many local 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," Ms Saffin said.

Since October 2009, 74 Expos have been held across the country linking more than 26,000 people up to a job or training opportunity as part of the Gillard Labor Government's $3 billion Building Australia's Future Workforce package.

More information on the Jobs and Skills Expos from the website[6].