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Interview - ABC Goulburn-Murray Breakfast with Sandra Moon

Ministers:

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

SANDRA MOON:
Big day coming up on Friday. The Albury Wodonga Jobs Fair will be bringing together employers, job seekers, employment service providers. It’s going to be a pretty much all-day event at the Albury Entertainment Centre from 10am until 3pm. Let’s check in with the Federal Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, Luke Howarth, who can give you more info. Good morning.

LUKE HOWARTH:
Good morning, Sandra. It's great to be with you.

SANDRA MOON:
This is sounding like a pretty big event, and why? Why has it been organised?

LUKE HOWARTH:
Well, look, the Australian government has been running and funding these job fairs right around the country. And the purpose of it is to connect job seekers, or people looking for work, or looking to change work, or come back into the workforce, with employers. It's different from anything that government has really done before, because it connects job seekers directly with employers so they can hear first-hand what they want when hiring.

SANDRA MOON:
And in terms of - this certainly makes it sound as though it's not just for school leavers. So it could be for anyone, as you say, wanting to get back into work or, you know, and we've seen it, haven't we? The great resignation and a lot of people making the decision to switch jobs.


LUKE HOWARTH:
Yeah, look, we’d encourage everyone to come, you know, it's welcome for Year 12 leave- Year 12 students, even this year, if the school wants to bring them along, or school leavers from last year, but also parents looking to get back into the workforce. They might’ve had kids that have started prep this year. Or even people that are perhaps retired found that, hey, I'm not - I'd like to do a part-time or casual job actually, and they want to get back into the workforce. We would welcome that at the moment, because employers are screaming out for more staff. And this is a great way where you can go and see over 400 jobs on offer in one place. So as you said, it’s at the Albury Entertainment Centre at Swift Street, Albury, this Friday. 400 jobs in one place. 36 exhibitors will be there to talk to, as well as employers and employment service providers, and the department that I work in, the Federal Department of Education, Skills, and Employment, all, of their staff will be there to answer questions from job seekers as well.

SANDRA MOON:
So will that help in terms of things like getting specific training, or, you know, getting- skilling up, upskilling, if you like. That sort of thing?

LUKE HOWARTH:
Yeah, absolutely. Like, we're investing about $7 billion a year in skills and training. And so people might want to start a small business, for example, the Australian Government has something called NEIS, which is the New Business Assistance. The Department will be able to talk to them about that and that's a free thing that the Government helps people start their own business. But there's also apprenticeships on offer. So a lot of apprenticeships will be there. I mean, some of the different roles - I mean, the Albury City Council has plumbers, engineers, and traineeships. We've got the Commercial Club in Albury that are after bar and gaming staff. There's fruit pickers and packers, main freighters, operation team members, there’s factory workers and machine operators. There might be people that are on JobSeeker, or even on a disability payment, that are looking to do some part-time work or get into the workforce and they might need an administration role or a driver. So there's a company called Ron Finemore Transport that's after drivers, administration roles, and diesel mechanics. And the list just goes on. So there's Woolworths as well with part-time and general roles. Wodonga Abattoir is after general labourers. So there's sort of jobs there for everyone, Sandra. And what's great about the jobs fair too is they can bring their resume along. So anyone listening, bring your resume along, and we will actually help them look at it and improve it. If they don't have a resume at all, they can book in and we’ll actually help type them up a resume as well.

SANDRA MOON:
Well, I mean, that is definitely a service that's worth looking into, because that can be a real headache for the best of us, speaking from experience. In terms of the jobs fair itself, I mean, gosh, you only have to look on social media to know that, you know, everywhere is crying out for staff. How did you contact all the businesses and people to actually come along to provide this info for potential employees?

LUKE HOWARTH:
Well, we thank you for the use of broadcasting for starters, so people can hear. But we do contact all our jobactive providers. We also contact- so the jobactive providers are for people that are registered looking for work with- on the Australian government JobSeeker payment. We also have contacted our Transition to Work providers, which helps Australian youth that perhaps dropped out of school early. It helps get them ready for the workforce. And we have other government services, one called ParentsNext, that helps parents looking to get - so we - get back into the workforce. So our Department have done that as well as sent out to local schools. The Federal Member there, Sussan Ley, will open the jobs fair, obviously, our Minister for the Environment, so she's also communicated to different people in her electorate. So we're just spreading the word and we want as many people there as possible. You can register online, but you're also most welcome to turn up on the day.

SANDRA MOON:
Just quickly, in terms of COVID precautions, checking in, masks, all of that sort of stuff?

LUKE HOWARTH:
Yes. Yeah. So there is social distancing, of course, but there's - obviously wear your masks. There’ll be hand sanitiser there. All of those things are in place so no problem around that. The Department staff are there to ensure that it is a safe event and a COVID-19 friendly event.

SANDRA MOON:
Alright. Good to get the rundown from you. Thank you for your time this morning.

LUKE HOWARTH:
Thanks you very much. Have a great day.

SANDRA MOON:
You too. Federal Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, Luke Howarth, with the info for you today. So today is Wednesday, this is coming up on Friday from 10 am till 3 pm at the Albury Entertainment Centre. It is a jobs fair and it is really going to suit a wide range of people, particularly my take away from that is, you know, especially for young people, but also those who are transitioning in their career, take your CV and get someone to look at it and tell you what you need to put in it or help you tweak it or whatever the case may be. And a lot of businesses in our local area who are desperately seeking people to employ. So, worth getting along to if you can.