Bus Queensland driver Paul Semerdjian has what it takes to succeed as a bus driver.
Bus Queensland driver Paul Semerdjian has what it takes to succeed as a bus driver. Claudia Baxter

Bus vacancies galore

JOB seekers can find out what driving a bus is all about at the Australian Government Jobs & Skills Expo in Ipswich on Wednesday.

Bus Queensland has 30 driver vacancies to fill at its three depots - Redbank, Park Ridge and Toowoomba.

The company's HR manager, John Muir, said customer service, the right personality and attitude were vital attributes for the job.

"We have a high amount of school bus drivers. If people are interested, we'll direct them to a training provider," he said.

Chief executive Vernon Alcantra said the expo was a great opportunity for employers to engage with prospective employees and share information.

"The expo offers a great opportunity to provide one-on-one information on the various career paths and great benefits available at Bus Queensland," Mr Alcantra said.

"Bus Queensland currently employs 130 Ipswich residents."

Local employment co-ordinator for the Ipswich-Logan Priority Employment Area Samantha Wilson said more than 60 exhibitors at the expo would offer hundreds of jobs suitable to a range of education levels.

Organisations taking part include Woolworths, Ipswich City Council, Australia Post, Drake International and Energex.

"The expo provides real opportunities for local businesses looking for staff now or in the future," Ms Wilson said.

"Job seekers should bring a current one-page resume with them and dress as if they're going to a job interview."

Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the Federal Government's jobs expos tackled unemployment and skills gaps.

"Previous expos held in Ipswich connected more than 3200 local job seekers with jobs and skills training opportunities," he said.

The Jobs & Skills Expo will be held at the Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd, from 10am-3pm on June 13.



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