Gabrielle Keating
Gabrielle Keating

Indentifying local opportunities

AUSTRALIA continues to recover well from the Global Financial Crisis however, while some areas are experiencing growth, others still need a helping hand.

As part of its response to the patchwork nature of the economy, the Federal Government has engaged Local Employment Co-ordinators (LECs) in 20 priority employment areas around Australia who are working to drive local responses to local labour market issues.

LEC for the Southern Wide Bay - Burnett Priority Employment Area Gabrielle Keating said her job was to build connections and partnerships with all levels of government, communities and businesses to identify local employment and training opportunities.

"Some areas of Southern Wide Bay and Burnett regions have unemployment rates higher than the national average, so it's my job to see that the many government initiatives to address unemployment are being taken up by local stakeholders to maximise the benefit to the region," Ms Keating said.

Appointed to the role in July 2011, Ms Keating is passionate about her new role and is working closely with local emerging industries in the resources sector.

A strong advocated for developing connections with local employment training programs for disadvantaged job seekers, Ms Keating sees a bright future for local job seekers in the resources sector.

Ms Keating also brings to her role a wealth of experience in indigenous employment, training and business development.

Ms Keating said the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expos were a government initiative that would benefit local job seekers and employers.

"Having an Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo in Gympie provides real employment and skills training opportunities for local job seekers looking for work or wishing to upskill in order to get a job," she said. "I've been working closely with the local business community, employment service providers and Registered Training Organisations, making sure they'll be at the Jobs and Skills Expo bringing with them plenty of jobs and training courses to be filled."

For more information on the Government's Priority Employment Area initiative or Local Employment Co-ordinators, go to

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