Job seekers check out the work available at the Jobs and Skills Expo at the Ipswich Showgrounds yesterday.
Job seekers check out the work available at the Jobs and Skills Expo at the Ipswich Showgrounds yesterday.

Hundreds find employment at expo

HUNDREDS of Ipswich jobseekers will start work in the coming weeks following yesterday's Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

More than 2400 people attended the one-day event, where 71 local, state and national businesses, along with employment and recruitment agencies, joined registered skills training organisations under the one roof.

More than 1000 resumes were collected by employers, and incredibly 259 people secured jobs simply by attending the event.

While other expos are held around the country, the Ipswich event included a unique jobs board where local employers advertised more than 475 jobs which need to be filled in our region.

Major employers such as Bus Queensland, Woolworths, Ipswich City Council, Australia Post and Energex, as well as recruitment companies Drake International and Hays Recruitment, were on hand to find much-needed workers.

Drake International recruitment consultant Dean Collins said he was surprised at the numbers and the amount of high-quality applicants.

"I think we've probably found people for 10-15 jobs and that was just in the first one-and-a-half hours," he said.

"I had one guy from RAAF Amberley show up with 14 years experience as a fitter.

"We had a position ready to go for him.

"I had a 26-year experienced engineer as well. I have seven engineers' jobs here paying over $150,000."

Drake had 40 jobs on offer, while Bus Queensland was looking for up to 30 drivers, with five needed immediately.

Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis said the expo provided opportunities for job seekers and local employers.

"This was a great chance for local job seekers and businesses to come together and discuss local job opportunities," Ms Ellis said.

"The expo jobs board showed what positions are available and a skills board where local training organisations promoted training opportunities in the region."



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