THE Australian Government Jobs and Skills expos have struck a chord with jobseekers and business communities all over Australia.
The Jobs and Skills Expo is part of the government's Building Australia's Future Workforce program and has a proved track record in achieving results.
From the 50 Jobs and Skills Expos held across the country since they commenced in October 2009, more than 19,000 jobseekers have connected with jobs and many thousands more to skills training opportunities.
Also during that time, more than 3900 businesses have participated in the expos, filling skills shortages and gaps in the labour market.
Previous Jobs and Skills expos held in Gympie in May and November 2010 saw more than 230 local jobseekers connected with jobs on the day from their interactions with the 133 businesses and skills training providers who attended the expos.
This Friday, the Jobs and Skills Expo will return to the Pavilion at the Gympie Showgrounds.
The Pavilion will be transformed into a marketplace of jobs and skills where hundreds of jobs and skills training opportunities will be available to local jobseekers.
With hundreds of opportunities available on the day from local, state-wide and national businesses, private recruitment agencies, employment service providers and registered training organisations, the Gympie Jobs and Skills Expo promises to be a positive experience for region.
Bernadette O'Neill from the Australian Government Department of Human Services in Gympie said the expos continued to provide many local jobseekers' hope through positive outcomes.
"The Australian Government Department of Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), is working together to provide real employment and skills training opportunities for jobseekers through the Jobs and Skills Expos."
The Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo will be held on Friday from 10am-3pm.
Entry for both exhibitors and jobseekers is free.
To be involved as an exhibitor or to place a job vacancy at the Gympie Jobs and Skills Expo, call the Australian Government Department of Human Services Business Hotline on 13 1158.
More information on the expo can be found on humanservices.gov.au/expos.