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800 jobs on offer at Rockingham jobs expo

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

More than 800 jobs and training opportunities were on offer at the Australian Government’s Jobs and Skills Expo in Rockingham today.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis joined Member for Brand Gary Gray to officially open the expo where 80 exhibitors including the WA Chamber of Commerce and Chevron Australia set up shop for more than 2,800 jobseekers who passed through the doors.

Ms Ellis said Rockingham was the 73rd expo to be held across Australia since 2009 and follows a successful expo last year in neighbouring Kwinana where 1200 jobs were available.

“We know these expos are getting results – bringing employers, job seekers and training providers together in a single location. More than 25,700 people have been connected with employment and training opportunities so far,” Ms Ellis said.

“The Australian Government is supporting employers through programs and incentives to help find and train people.

“This expo provides a great opportunity to connect employers with potential staff.”

Member for Brand Gary Gray said the Rockingham expo was part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to action at a local level in areas of high unemployment and welfare dependency.

“Exhibiting is free and this expo was a great opportunity for employers to connect with local jobseekers,” Mr Gray said.

“Rockingham is part of the South West Perth Priority Employment Area (PEA) – one of 20 regions across Australia receiving targeted Australian Government assistance to tackle challenging labour market conditions.

“I am very pleased that this is the fourth expo the Government has held in the local area since 2009. Thousands of local people have found jobs through these expos.

“In addition, Local Employment Coordinator Margaret Banks is working hard with stakeholders across the region to address a number of barriers to participation in the labour market.

“In the 18 months since Margaret came on board, she has secured more than $286,000 through the Local Employment Coordinator Flexible Funding Pool, which has helped support 10 different employment and training projects and activities in this area.”

The $20 million Flexible Funding Pool provides additional support to Local Employment Coordinators for projects to maximise work and training opportunities within their PEAs.

The Rockingham expo had a jobs board with jobs on offer as well as a skills board where local skills training organisations could promote training opportunities available in the local area.