Keep Australia Working Jobs and Skills Expo ambassadors, TV fisherman Scott Hillier and football legend Arthur Beetson, point out the hundreds of jobs on offer yesterday.
Keep Australia Working Jobs and Skills Expo ambassadors, TV fisherman Scott Hillier and football legend Arthur Beetson, point out the hundreds of jobs on offer yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Dole buster job offers

MORE than 100 people found employment yesterday just in time for Christmas, thanks to Centrelink’s Jobs and Skills Expo bringing jobseekers face to face with potential employers.

And with applications taken for another 200 jobs on offer, it looks like the festive season will be a lot more joyous for hundreds of individuals and families in the region.

The Pavilion was transformed into a one-stop-shop for jobs and in every aisle was a success story.

They included Matt King, a saw technician with 17 years experience who was encouraged to apply for a supervising position with the Gympie Regional Council, and Juliet Wookey, an Australian Institute of Country Music trainee who scored her dream job at the previous expo in May, and returned yesterday to promote the organisation.

Centrelink media advisor Paul Creedon said 300 local, state and international jobs had been on offer at the expo — the most opportunities ever provided by any jobs expo.

He said Gympie’s jobs expo had also shaped up to be one of the best of Centrelink’s 36 expos offered throughout the country.

“We had 1180 people through the door,” Mr Creedon said.

“There were 63 exhibitors that took 680 resumes but best of all, it looks like a lot of people found employment. From the feedback we received we know of 102 people who walked away with a job (yesterday).

“And that’s after 150 people found employment in May. When you think about it, that’s 250 people who got jobs this year, directly from the expo coming to town.”

Mr Creedon said Gympie was a high priority area for Centrelink, which was why he was ecstatic about the expo’s results.

“Gympie is very fortunate to be given two expos (this year) where other priority areas have had their expos split between locations.

“This has given us the opportunity to build on the success of the previous expo in May.”

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