WOULD-be employers and employees from throughout the Gympie and nearby region will have their best chance in years to meet each other and talk serious business in Gympie this week.
Whether you are a business person looking for a motivated worker or a job seeker sick of getting no response to your applications, the Showgrounds Pavilion will be the only place for you on Friday, at the “Keep Australia Working” Centrelink Jobs Expo.
“It's a turbo-charged jobs supermarket,” said Gympie Centrelink's Russell Mayo.
“We link people with jobs to people who need them, so they can interact and get on with it.
“What we've been told by job seekers is that it's like six weeks of job search compressed into one day,” he said.
The Jobs Expo concept was introduced by the federal government last year and the 17 Expos so far have provided more than 6000 jobs, he said.
Local Employment co-ordinator for the project, Garry Davison, said the number of businesses involved was a real credit to Gympie.
“They had 77 at Ipswich, 70 odd at Bundaberg and we look like matching that at least, despite being a much smaller area in terms of population,” he said.
The expos are held in “priority areas” noted for employment issues.
“We're the second smallest priority region in population, but we'll probably have the highest number of employers.
“It's a system that works. More than 340 people got jobs in Bundaberg last Wednesday,” Mr Davison said.
“There are six priority regions in Queensland. Gympie is one of them because, on its history, in previous recessions it is among the first hit and the last to recover.
“This is because of its important manufacturing economy.
“But we're a fairly resilient community here and this will be a great opportunity to get that enthusiasm back for job seekers,” he said.
Mr Mayo said the Expos disproved a lot of job market myths.
“There's a perception out there that there aren't many jobs, but there are for the right people. Everyone who comes to a Jobs Expo is serious about finding work or finding staff.
“Any perception that people are happy to live on welfare is untrue. We're proving that,” he said.
The two met with industry leader Kerren Smith at the J Smith and Sons Gympie premises.
“It's a positive atmosphere for job seekers. We're know they're serious and they don't just meet us, they make contacts with the business networks that we are all part of,” he said.
The Expo runs from 10am to 3pm at the Pavilion on Friday.
Gympie Jobs Expo P.12-13