Jobseekers flock to TAFE expo
JOB HUNTERS were lined up around the building waiting to get into the Job and Skills Expo at Wide Bay TAFE in Hervey Bay yesterday.
Centrelink spokesperson Paul Creedon said more than 2000 people attended and, based on feedback from the exhibitors, about 100 walked out with a job.
He said 299 jobs were advertised on a jobs board at the front of the room and included everything from army reserve riflemen and scallop shellers to light vehicle mechanics and physiotherapists.
Mr Creedon said jobseekers were able to talk one-on-one with the 60 exhibitors, including employers, recruitment agencies and training providers, and about 770 resumes were handed to the stall holders.
Tracey Mason, the manager of Hervey Bay SITE which helped prepare young people for employment, said there had been traffic jams in the aisles during the event which ran from 10am until 3pm.
“It’s so good to see people motivated,” she said.
“I think it’s excellent for employers to see the talent that is available in this region.
“There are all types of people walking around here today with their resumes and I can see them having really good conversations with local employers so I would imagine that a lot of people would walk out of here today quite confident about what’s going to be happening soon.”