BE JOB SMART: Cameron Williams from Employment Plus will be speaking at a forum discussing employment options in Ipswich.
BE JOB SMART: Cameron Williams from Employment Plus will be speaking at a forum discussing employment options in Ipswich. Rob Williams

Get yourself ready for jobs boom in Ipswich

AS UNEMPLOYMENT continues to climb in Ipswich, job competition is fiercer than ever.

Most recent jobs figures have shown unemployment in Ipswich has now risen to 11.5% - the highest rate in about 15 years.

The region's youth unemployment rate is higher still now at 16.8%.

But despite the bleak figures, Cameron Williams from The Salvation Army's Employment Plus office said the job market in Ipswich was not all doom and gloom.

And he's keen to tell people why at a free Employment Advice for the 21st Century seminar tomorrow.

Mr Williams said there were many job opportunities arriving in Ipswich for which interested jobseekers could prepare. Some include the new Bunnings Warehouse in West Ipswich and a new KFC and Hungry Jacks set to open in Yamanto.

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"In the rapidly growing Springfield corridor we have developments like the Mater Hospital moving out there and GE also moving in," he said.

At the seminar, Mr Williams said he would paint a positive picture for Ipswich jobs.

"We are in challenging times, there is no doubt about it," he said.

"But being a smart jobseeker and working out what the demand is going to be in the coming years means you can prepare yourself for future demand.

"We'll teach people how to be prepared and do their homework and go through some job searching tips."

The seminar will take place at 1pm Thursday at the Barry Jones Auditorium. It will also feature a presentation from Hungry Jacks Queensland restaurant training manager Kevin Schefe.

Bookings are essential. Phone 3810 6815 or book online at library.qld.gov.au/events.



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