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Interview - 7AD 98.9FM with Martin Agatyn


The Hon Luke Howarth MP
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services

SUBJECT: Tasmanian Jobs Fairs


MARTIN AGATYN: This is one of two job fairs that are being held in Tasmania this week and we are very grateful the fact that one of them is going to be on the north-west coast but you have been to a similar event in Hobart today and apparently it went very well.

LUKE HOWARTH: Yes, that’s right. I’m down in Hobart at the moment. My home state is Queensland, so it is great to be down in Tasmania. It’s a wonderful state you’ve got here.

MARTIN AGATYN: [Interrupts] Hope it’s not too cold for you?

LUKE HOWARTH: It’s a bit colder than Brisbane, I can tell you, but I’ve been okay.
But the Jobs Fair in Hobart today has been really good. I’d say there’d be about 700-plus job seekers that came through, and over 650 jobs on offer. So almost a job for every person that walks through the door was available. It’s been a very successful day and we are holding another one on Thursday in Devonport and I would really encourage anyone looking for work or looking to change careers or perhaps getting back into the workforce after raising a family or whatever, to get along on Thursday. It’s a great opportunity. 

MARTIN AGATYN: And it’s not just for young people, I mean, we know that youth unemployment in Tasmania is unproportionally higher than it should be. But this is for job seekers of all ages and when you think about people that lost their jobs during the pandemic or who may have had to change careers, the timing couldn’t be better for this.

LUKE HOWARTH: No, look, I would encourage everyone to attend. Whether you are youth aged between that sort of 15 to 25, or whether you are close to retirement, 60-plus. If you want to work, come along to the Australian Government Jobs Fair this Thursday in Devonport. I think everyone has got a story to tell and what the Jobs Fair is all about is connecting job seekers with employers and understanding what employers want when hiring. And if job seekers understand what employers want when hiring, it gives them a much better chance of landing a job, of being able to cater to a specific job that they apply for and being successful.

MARTIN AGATYN: So you are not actually going through a job interview on Thursday but it’s a step in that direction really, isn’t it, to get a clear understanding of, as you say, what is required. But also it gives the employers an opportunity to see who is out there.

LUKE HOWARTH: Yeah, what people can expect on Thursday when they walk through the doors of the Jobs Fair, there will be over 30 exhibitors there so people like the Australian Defence Force; Army, Air Force, Navy, Tasmanian TAFE, there will be people there with apprenticeships. But there are jobs in administration services, so for example there is a job as a funeral assistant. There’s aged care providers as well, so there will be jobs for enrolled nurses or clinical care coordinators. We’ve got jobs in agriculture. So someone might be a diver, I know that they need three full-time divers that will be at the Jobs Fair, farm attendants, harvest labourers. So some jobs are skilled, some jobs are unskilled. There is apprenticeships as well with more than 25 apprenticeships on offer on Thursday, and there will be a whole lot of organisations there as well, like [inaudible] and MEGT, and apprentice carpenter roles. So construction, trades and services and, of course, government as well so healthcare, hospitality, IT – if people are interested in IT, there’s an application developer role going. Mining, retail of course. So there is a whole lot of jobs that will be there but we will also be offering resume writing skills so people can bring along their resume, talk to an expert in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment about how to improve their resume. So, for listeners who have been applying for jobs online and not getting an interview, that may mean there is an issue with their resume so a professional will help them with that, and there is also interview techniques, as well as a session with employers, including the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce about what employers want when hiring.

MARTIN AGATYN: Luke, I’m sure you’re aware that Tasmania is now on 100 per cent renewable energy. We’ve got more windfarms coming online, we’re talking about the Battery of the Nation, Project Marinus and things like that. There are going to be a lot of jobs available in that renewables area coming up in the next few years. I guess what I’m asking is, are we seeing any interested employers from that sector at the moment? Obviously, there is a lot of training to be done as well. 

LUKE HOWARTH: Yeah, look, I mean, Tasmania leads the way with renewable energy, particularly with your hydro scheme that has been running for many years and the Federal Government is really proud of Tasmania and what they are doing with renewable energy. We all want to move to cleaner energy and I know that our Minister Angus Taylor has spoken a lot about Tasmania as well. But certainly, what I ask people to think about is what really interests them. What would they like to do? And sometimes you might not get the perfect job that you want first up. But the main thing is that you’re working, whether you get a part-time job, casual job, or a full-time job, hold that down for a while and then work towards what it is you want to do. It is a lot easier to find the perfect job you’re after if you are already employed. I know in my own career, Martin, before I was an MP, I was a sales executive years ago with Sony Australia and it took me a few years to get that job before I landed it. But you have to be persistent and I want to say to your listeners don’t give up. The Morrison Government wants to see you employed and we’ve got your back. We just really want to help you get there and that’s what this Jobs Fair at Devonport on Thursday is all about. 

MARTIN AGATYN: Okay it will be at Providore Place Luke. What time is it on?

LUKE HOWARTH: There will be a few sessions that run from 9am in the morning until 4pm in the afternoon. They can register online. It’s just at So, DESE, which stands for the Department of Education, Skills and Employment – – for jobs fair. Register there, but you can just rock up on the day as well. The first one starts at nine, and the second one I think is at 1.30 so there’s a few times on there.

MARTIN AGATYN: Okay, let’s hope that lots of people get jobs that they want out of this. I think it’s wonderful that 300 jobs can magically be produced for a jobs fair but it makes you wonder why those vacancies weren’t filled earlier. But as you say, it’s a matter of employers understanding what is out there and also job seekers understanding what is required to get the job. 

LUKE HOWARTH: Yes, that’s right Martin. Just on those sessions too, by the way. They start at 9am, 11.30 and 2pm. So there are three different sessions in Devonport, sorry, on Thursday the 15th. But you are right. The jobs that will be on offer; there will be a lot in the northern part of the state. Some of them might be right throughout Tasmania, too. So I know that the Census people are looking for people to take roles with the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census Collection later in the year. But I say to listeners, you can work locally. You might want to be prepared to travel to get the perfect job but there will be a lot on Thursday there offered. So we will be doing these – the Federal Government – right around the country. I’ve got another one in Perth next week. Then back in my home state, in Brisbane, Moreton Bay, in Queensland. I’m not sure when we’re back in Tasmania, so that’s why it’s really important that people get along, even if they don’t live in Devonport, anywhere that hears your station, drive to be there on Thursday. It will be well worth it.    

MARTIN AGATYN: Terrific Luke thanks for your time this afternoon, I really appreciate it.

LUKE HOWARTH: Thanks Martin, have a great day.