OPPORTUNITIES: Senator Jan McLucas talks with job seeker Tamika Besgrove at the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo.
OPPORTUNITIES: Senator Jan McLucas talks with job seeker Tamika Besgrove at the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo. Claudia Baxter

Mining firms snap up workers at jobs expo

THE MINING industry had a strong presence at the Ipswich jobs expo yesterday, as the region's industry prepares for a revival.

The former Ebenezer coal mine was given the all-clear to be recommissioned earlier this month.

OGL Resources said as many as 75 staff could be needed to get the mine up and running again in the next 12 months.

Mining industry trainer Ebenezer Employment and Training were among the 86 stalls that job seekers could peruse during the expo.

More than 3250 job seekers entered the expo hoping to snare one of the 540 jobs available.

And 275 of those jobs were filled by applicants on the day.

Tamika Besgrove was unsure what direction she wanted her career to take, but the expo helped her make her choice.

The 20-year-old from Fernvale opted to pursue a job in mining catering.

"I was a bit unsure about what I wanted to do, but this was very helpful," she said.

Senator Jan McLucas said Ms Besgrove was a perfect example of a qualified worker looking for work.

"From professional jobs to trades and apprenticeships, white collar and blue collar, full time, part time and casual jobs - whoever you are, there will be great job and training opportunities, Sen McLucas said.

"Our government is working hard to help people into work and training and address skill shortages." Blair MP Shayne Neumann said the Ipswich region had been let down by the Newman government.

He said the Queensland Council of Unions recorded 900 job losses in the Ipswich area since the change in state government.

"Ipswich and the surrounding region has had its challenges in recent years with the floods. That's why the federal Labor government is targeting assistance in order to create more local jobs and get this region working," he said.

"Labor stands for jobs and we've created over 960,000 jobs since 2007.

"This is just another practical way that our government is investing in jobs and skills training."



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