MIL-OSI Australia: Interview – 7BU Breakfast Burnie

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Source: Australian Ministers for Education

Interview – 7BU Breakfast Burnie

Francis Keany
Tue, 11/30/2021 – 17:36

Transcript

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SUBJECT/S: Burnie Australian Government Jobs Fair

LUKE HOWARTH:

Well thanks very much, Leigh, and welcome to all your listeners. It’s great to be with you on radio this morning to talk about the Australian Government Jobs Fair today in Burnie.

LEIGH KENWORTHY:

So, tell us a little bit more about that. Burnie Jobs Fair, it starts at 9:30, it’s over two free sessions – 9:30 and 12:45 – at Burnie Arts and Function Centre, if you’re looking for a job, or perhaps thinking of a career change.

LUKE HOWARTH:

Yeah, that’s it Leigh. It’s on today at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre at Wilmot Street, and first session is at 9:30, second at 12:45. On behalf of the Australian Government, we really just want to see as many people walk through the door today as possible. There’s 440 plus jobs on offer, including 21 apprenticeships, and we have over 40 exhibitors there, and 24 employers who will actually talk to you and say: this is what we want when hiring. We’ve got industry bodies as well, and there’s just so many jobs on offer today, it’s really important that people attend.

LEIGH KENWORTHY:

What type of jobs are we looking at? I suppose, right across the board, part-time, full-time, casual?

LUKE HOWARTH:

Well it’s right across the board; there are full-time jobs, as well as part-time and casual. We’ll have the Australian Defence Force there, of course, with Navy, Air Force and Army all recruiting. There’s opportunity to do apprenticeships through them, or even to do a degree and become an officer. So anyone interested in the Australian Defence Force, you know, get along. We’ve got early childhood teachers, family day care educators, disability support workers – obviously through the Federal Government’s NDIS. Administration offices, foresters, commercial divers – I know Tassal are looking for commercial divers. And farm attendants, processing staff, business, hospitality, IT traineeships. So there’s really- truck and tractor and forklift drivers. So there’s just so much on offer – skilled workers, but also unskilled workers. And the message today, Leigh, is, you know, perhaps people, they haven’t worked for a long time or they might have even had difficulties in the past. I went to- we recently did one in Alice Springs, and I met a young woman there who’d had a criminal history, and she said, I just can’t seem to get a go. But it was great that she came along and it doesn’t matter your past, if you’re honest and upfront and keen to work. A lot of jobs are found through networking, and today is a great opportunity to network down at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.

LEIGH KENWORTHY:

And a huge range of various jobs in different sectors too, which I think is very, very important. And we all know the well-documented COVID situation over the last two years or so. So, you know, a few jobs have dried up or have changed. So it’s great that over 400 jobs, real jobs, will be on hand that you can look into.

LUKE HOWARTH:

Well, you touched on COVID there, Leigh, and your listeners might not know, but Australia-wide, we’ve lost hundreds of thousands of workers that were here on work visas that left the country during COVID. And so that’s why now there’s some 280,000 jobs Australia-wide that we need to fill before Christmas. And it’s why the Australian Government is running these job fairs in Burnie. This is the second one we’ve done there. I know Gavin Pearce, the MP for Braddon, asked us to come back because the unemployment rate is a little higher in Burnie, it’s up around 9.1 per cent, whereas nationally it’s about 5.2 per cent. So I want to say to everyone listening, if you’ve got, you know, children or grandchildren or yourself are looking for work, make sure you get there today. It’ll be the last one this year in Burnie. We’re doing another one down in Hobart later in the week, but get along to it today because there’s never, ever been a better time to get a job with international borders just opening. Now is the time to land a job, and if you can get a job, take whatever job you can get. And then when you’re in that job and you’ve held it down for a while, it’s a lot easier to find another job from there. But you know, a lot of jobs now are found through networking, through people you know at the local sporting club, or other parents at the local school. And so going along today, you’ll hear about those jobs. You’ll meet local people there, and it’ll just give you so many good contacts.

LEIGH KENWORTHY:

It’s who you know, not necessarily what you know, and it’s a bit of a stepping stone. A lot easier to find work if you are presently in work. You can have a free session with a consultant who can review your resume and give you some interview tips as well.

LUKE HOWARTH:

Well, absolutely. There will be free resume writing techniques there, so you can actually go along and get your resume printed out there. Sometimes the resume, it’s better if it’s a little bit shorter and you don’t actually have too much information on it, because the purpose of the resume, the employer needs to be able to read it quickly and then go, I want to know more about this person, let’s give them an interview. So sometimes if the resume is too long, it can be an issue. But, you know, knowing what employers want when hiring and that networking is so important, you’ll be able to see all the jobs, the 440 plus jobs on the board, and then you’ll be able to go to the booth and talk to people at the booth.

But finally, Leigh, I’d just say to those people, if you’ve had difficulty, don’t give up. You know, you are valuable. You have a lot to offer, and we believe in you. and I really want to just encourage people that no matter what their background, even if they haven’t worked for years, it’s never too late to get work. And if you just say to people, I’m keen, you’ve got a great attitude. Always good to smile. We know, and I’m sure you, Leigh, other people there at your station, you want to work with happy people, so be happy, smile, have a great attitude, ready to work. And I know, I know that people will be able to get a job.

LEIGH KENWORTHY:

So two free sessions, one at 9:30 till midday and the other at 12:45 till three. Burnie Arts and Function Centre is the location there and to help stay COVID safe, dare we say it? The event will follow Tasmanian government COVID 19 protocols. You can register online, can’t you? Because it’s absolutely free.

LUKE HOWARTH:

You can register online. But if you haven’t, just turn up. We’ll have a coffee there for you as well if you haven’t had your morning coffee, so just get along. Turn up today at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. Leigh, thank you for promoting this. For this, it’s all about local people and we want local people in work and this will help them today.

LEIGH KENWORTHY:

And if you’re finding it hard to get there, there’ll be free shuttle buses available right through the day as well. Luke Howarth, I really appreciate your time this morning to tell us all about it on 7BU Breakfast.

LUKE HOWARTH:

Thanks very much for having me, Leigh.

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The Hon Luke Howarth MP

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