Jobseekers flock to Stockland information session
THE multi-million dollar expansion of Stockland Hervey Bay is ahead of schedule, with the outer shell of the complex complete.
And this week a long line of eager jobseekers formed at the existing Stockland Shopping Centre, hoping to benefit from the expansion.
With about new 450 jobs being available when the expansion opens, more than 3000 people turned up to get valuable information.
TAFE senior training consultant Kirsty Marwick said the expansion would boost the community, with many retail students expected to get jobs.
"We've been working with Stockland to basically create a pool of highly skilled people in retail to be available for the department stores and specialty stores to recruit when they arrive," she said.
Ms Marwick said the information session on Thursday showed how much the region needed the 450 jobs.
"We're all thinking 'wow that's a huge amount of jobs' and we had 3000 people show up for them," she said.
"There was a lot of young people still in school looking to pick up a weekend or Thursday night job."
The development is expected to open in the middle of this year.