If you’re looking for a job, a change in career, information on training and up-skilling opportunities or support for your business start-up, then mark Tuesday, September 4 in your calendar for the return of The JobShow.
Presented by Sunshine Coast Council, The JobShow is a free jobs, skills and business expo that connects employers to the right staff, candidates to immediate training opportunities and start-ups with critical business services.
Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said expanding and growing the mix of enduring employment opportunities in the region was at the core of this council’s agenda.
“The JobShow is a real world platform to showcase the opportunities available to our residents,” Cr Robinson said.
“This year we’ve seen consistent data released which shows employment prospects in the region are continuing to rise with the most recent unemployment figures at 5.1%, well below the State average of 6%.
“The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013 – 2033 sets a target of 100,000 new jobs in the seven high-value industries by 2033.
“I’m pleased to report we are well on the way to reaching our goal.
“We now have more than 82,600 people currently employed in the health and well-being; education and research; professional services and knowledge industries; tourism, sport and leisure; agribusiness; clean technologies and aviation and aerospace industries.
“At previous JobShow events, we’ve seen up to 300 employers offer 900 jobs on the day which is tremendous news for our community.
“But it’s not only about job seekers. This year The JobShow has been expanded to include support for start-up businesses.
“With more than 30,000 registered businesses in the region and 2000 new businesses starting up in the past two years, it’s vital we use this opportunity to profile the range of free or low cost business support services on offer right here on the Sunshine Coast.”
Event organiser Kris McCue, from Stones Throw Consulting Group, encouraged candidates, businesses and start-ups to register now to take advantage of exclusive jobs, skills and business support in the lead-up to the event.
“By registering early, candidates will gain access to jobs available with local employers before The JobShow and, business and start-up support offers not available anywhere else,” Mr McCue said.
“In previous years we’ve had more than 1000 pre-registrations, assisted 250 job seekers find employment and helped more than 500 people gain new skills and qualifications.
“Businesses like Youi, Stellar Asia Pacific and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service have exhibited in the past and we expect these, and more businesses, to list jobs during the campaign and at the event.
“We’ve also made it simple and affordable for smaller businesses to come on board who might only have one or two vacancies they need filled.
“The event also offers people who are socially isolated and disadvantaged to create networks with employers and break down the ‘who you know’ barrier.”
The JobShow will be held at the TAFE Mooloolaba campus. For more information visit www.thejobshow.com.au.