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More than 750 jobs on offer at jobs expo

Ministers:

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

More than 750 local jobs and hundreds more training opportunities are up for grabs at the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo in Logan today.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said the Logan Jobs and Skills Expo is being delivered by the Australian Government as part of a special $850,000 support package for the Queensland workers facing redundancy.

“The Expo will be of great benefit not only to local job seekers looking for opportunity but also to the 14,000 Queensland public sector workers who are now faced with unemployment,” Minister Ellis said.

The Member for Rankin, Craig Emerson called on job seekers throughout the Logan area to take advantage of this great opportunity.

“Finding a job can be very tough. This Expo is a practical way of making the search for a job a bit easier,” Mr Emerson said.

“With more than 90 exhibitors at the Logan 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.

“We are a Government that is focussed on jobs because we understand that losing a job can have a big impact on an individual and their community,” Minister Ellis said.

“We know our Expos get real results - since 2009 we've held 65 Expos across the country helping to more than 23,000 Australians into work.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number of Queenslanders who have come along to our workshops to find work after being sacked by the Newman Government and have put on additional workshops to keep up with demand.

“To date more than 2,500 Queenslanders have attended an Expo or workshop to find out how the Australian Government can help them link up to a job.

“A large majority of the hundreds of Queenslanders who have already attended our workshops are from QLD Government agencies including QLD Health, Transport and Main Roads, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, TAFE, Maritime Safety, Natural Resources and Mines.

“Across Queensland, around 25 000 jobs have been lost since Campbell Newman came to government – that’s 130 jobs a day.

“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with sacked workers to help them get back into a new job as soon as possible.”

The Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo is being held in Logan today from 10 am – 3 pm at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre, 357 Browns Plains Rd, Creastmead.