ONE OF MANY: Jye Matthews was among the 3800 people who attended the Work for Queensland jobs expo at The Workshops Rail Museum.
ONE OF MANY: Jye Matthews was among the 3800 people who attended the Work for Queensland jobs expo at The Workshops Rail Museum. Sarah Harvey

Mining jobs draw crowd

THE long queues at the Work for Queensland expo in Ipswich on February 3 gave an indication of the lure of the mining and gas industry.

About 3800 jobseekers looking for a better life and income filed through the gates of The Workshops Rail Museum, North Ipswich.

Representatives from 32 mining, gas and construction companies - including Santos, Origin, QGS and Thiess - were fielding questions.

Recruitment supervisor Joel Herbert, from Bechtel constructions, said his company would be filling another 13,000 jobs in the next three to five years for liquid natural gas projects in Queensland and Western Australia.

Mr Herbert was surprised by the huge expo turnout.

"Not everyone's cut out for our stuff," he said.

"They've got to be able to do the job safely, and have the drive and vision to go to work every day."

Booval labourer Jye Matthews, 18, is a year into the workforce and looking for a better job.

"I've got no commitments. The money's a big attraction," he said.

Haley Orme, from Keperra, is a chef who's wanting to get out of the kitchen.

"My dad worked in the mines when he was younger," she said.

Employment Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said generations of Ipswich workers made their start in the mines.

"We want the next generation of skilled workers to have these same opportunities," he said.



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