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More than 160 locals find jobs at Jobs and Skills Expo::

More than 160 locals have already linked up to a job thanks to the Jobs and Skills Expo in Batemans Bay yesterday.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said the Batemans Bay Jobs and Skills Expo was a great success with more than 320 jobs on offer.

“People yesterday took advantage of the 323 local full-time and part-time job opportunities, submitting 315 resumes to the 47 exhibitors - with many more interviews still to take place,” Minister Ellis said.

“Exhibitors have told us as many as 169 of the job vacancies on display at the Expo are likely to be filled by people who attended the event. That’s a great outcome for the whole community.

“While the result from yesterday’s Expo is a great boost for the region, we know there’s more work to be done.

“The Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly and this Government is committed to providing practical programs to ensure everyone has an opportunity to work, and has access to the skills training they need help them get a job.”  

Dr Kelly said the outcome of yesterday’s Expo was a testament to the local community.

“I’m delighted the local community rallied behind the Expo and so many people took the opportunity to make connections with employers and training providers,” Dr Kelly said.

Minister Ellis praised job seekers and organisations who worked together to make the Expo a success.

“The Batemans Bay Jobs and Skills Expo was a great boost, not just for local job seekers but also for the many companies and businesses who have found new employees,” Minister Ellis said.

“It is never too late to up-skill, re-skill or engage in the workforce and the Expo helped local job seekers take an important first step.”

Since October 2009, 68 Expos have been held across the country linking more than 24,500 people up to a job or training opportunity as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s $3 billion Building Australia’s Future Workforce package.

More information on the Jobs and Skills Expos from the website www.humanservices.gov.au/expos

07 December 2012