700 JOBS: Jobseekers to benefit from major recruitment drive

IPSWICH and surrounding areas are on the verge of another jobs bonanza with the news today that Queensland Corrective Services is aiming to employ an additional 700 staff this financial year.

With five major prisons situated a short distance from the city, residents looking for work or a career change stand to benefit.

Minister for Police and Corrective Services Mark Ryan said they were particularly focused on employing people from regional areas.

"Many of these jobs are in custodial corrections, where we need recruits with a wide range of life skills and backgrounds," Ryan said.

"Successful candidates will be paid while they undergo a 10-week training course to teach them the required skills necessary to work at the front line of public safety.

"The most important attribute we are looking for are people who are committed to keeping the community safe.

"Of course, good communication skills are vital to be a successful custodial corrections officer, so is the desire to change people's lives for the better."

"This big recruitment drive is a great opportunity for regional Queenslanders to secure permanent, fulltime, secure work in an agency which offers many rewarding career paths.

The recruitment drive kicks off at the Ekka today with a special display stand manned by Corrective Services staff to be front and centre at the State Government pavilion.

Commissioner Peter Martin said that the campaign invited Queenslanders to 'take a look inside' to see if they have what it takes to be a part of a front-line top tier public safety agency.

"The campaign also features a new webpage profiling the most commonly recruited jobs in QCS and gives a unique insight into the work and the culture of the organisation," Commissioner Martin said.

"From custodial correctional officers to psychologists to trade instructors, there are many career paths within QCS.

"I'd encourage anyone looking for an interesting role where they can make a real difference to the lives of all Queenslanders by reducing crime to take a look inside at corrections.qld.gov.au or come and talk to our officers at the QCS stand in the Government pavilion during the Ekka," Commissioner Martin said.

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