More than 350 jobs and training opportunities will be up for grabs today at the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo in Townsville. Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said the Townsville Jobs and Skills Expo is the third of three Expos being delivered by the Australian Government as part of a special $850,000 support package for Queensland workers facing redundancy. “The Expo will be of great benefit not only to local job seekers looking for opportunity but also to some of the 14,000 Queensland public sector workers living in the region who are facing the axe through the Newman Government’s cuts,” Ms Ellis said. “This Expo provides a great chance for local job seekers and businesses across the region to come together. “I’m very excited with the variety of jobs and training opportunities available at the Expo. Among the many jobs on offer are employment opportunities from Crane Operators to Food and Beverage Attendants and from Labourers to Administrative Officers. “From Boiler Makers and Office Managers to Apprenticeships in Trades such as Electrical, Plumbing and Carpentry – whoever you are, there are great job and training opportunities at the Townsville Expo.” Queensland Senator Mark Furner called on job seekers throughout Townsville and surrounding regions to take advantage of this great opportunity. “We know that breaking into the workforce can be difficult. This Expo is a practical way of making the search for a job a bit easier,” Senator Furner said. “With more than 50 exhibitors at the Townsville Jobs and Skills Expo, I encourage job seekers to come armed with their resumes to take advantage of this unique opportunity to do months worth of job searching in a single day.” Minister Ellis said the Jobs and Skills Expos are achieving real results for job seekers. “The Australian Government has delivered 68 Jobs and Skills Expos and we know that they work because we’ve now seen more than 24,500 Australians find employment at them and many thousands more sign up for training opportunities,” Ms Ellis said. “We’re looking to build on the success of the program by continuing to hold Expos beyond this year, and I can’t wait to see the results here in Townsville.” The Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo in Townsville, Wednesday, 12 December from 10am – 3 pm at the Townsville RSL Stadium, Murray Sporting Complex, Murray Lyons Crescent, Annandale.