Richmond MP Justine Elliot
Richmond MP Justine Elliot Digby Hildreth

Expo to promote Tweed employment

THE Federal Government will host a jobs and skills expo in Tweed Heads in a bid to help jobseekers, employers and training organisations connect with each other.

A similar expo in Lismore helped more than 100 people gain employment, and Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot hopes the Tweed Heads event will achieve similar results.

"More than 160 job seekers walked away with a job and many more with training opportunities at the Lismore Jobs Expo," Ms Elliot said.

"That's why we're bringing an expo to the Richmond-Tweed region to build on that success."

The expo will include jobs boards filled with vacancies for people of all ages and skill levels and a skills board where registered training organisations will promote courses available in the region.

Employers can exhibit for free at the expo, which will be held at the Tweed Heads PCYC on August 8.

Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis encouraged job seekers, employers and training organisations to get involved in the expo.

"This is an excellent opportunity for local job seekers and people interested in undertaking further skills training to meet a range of employers and training providers in a single location," Ms Ellis said.

"The Government is supporting employers through programs and incentives that help give Australians the skills employers are looking for, and the Jobs and Skills Expos provide a great opportunity to connect employers with potential employees.

"The expos are designed to create a jobs and skills marketplace, connecting job seekers with jobs and skills training opportunities.

"There will be employers, employment services providers and training providers together with other agencies, all under one roof, all on one day."

Human Services Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Tweed Heads Jobs and Skills Expo was part of the Government's broader activities to help people into work and training.

"At the expo people will see what jobs and training places are available in their local area," Senator Carr said.

"This can be a great first step to retraining, or getting back into the workplace.

"It's also a great opportunity for employers, who can meet many local jobseekers in one day.

"Even if they can't make it to the expo, their job vacancies and training ads can still be displayed, so I encourage everyone to get on board."

More than 50 jobs and skills expos have been held across the nation since 2009 and they have helped more than 20,000 people find work.

For more information on the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo visit www.humanservices.gov.au/expos.

 

TWEED HEADS JOBS AND SKILLS EXPO

When: August 8, 10am to 3pm.

Where: Tweed Heads PCYC, Florence Street.

Info: Interested employers should contact Terry Watson on 0412 320 077 or email terry.watson@deewr.gov.au.



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