Source: Australian Ministers for Education
Interview – 7BU The Home Run
Thu, 12/02/2021 – 11:54
SUBJECT/S: Burnie Australian Government Jobs Fair
I’m joined now on The Home Run by Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services the Honourable Luke Howarth MP, to talk about jobs in Burnie this week.
Good afternoon, Luke. Thanks for your company.
Yeah, good afternoon, Lee. It’s great to be with you on The Home Run, and hi to all your listeners.
Burnie Jobs Fair coming up tomorrow at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. Couple of sessions, one from 9.30am until 12.00 noon, then the other at 12.45pm through 3pm. Mate, I guess first of all, what is a jobs fair?
Look, an Australian Government Jobs Fair is all about connecting job seekers with employers. So it’s different from, I guess, a job expo where you go along and see what type of job you’d like. This is all about talking to employers that’ll be there on the day. People that are hiring and ready to go – in fact, there’ll be over 440 jobs tomorrow that are there, that are available, and there’ll be over 25 employers that are there as well. And it’s really simple. All the job seekers will be able to walk in. They’ll see all the jobs on a board, whether it’s in construction, government, defence, aged care, NDIS, administration, farming – whatever it is, they’ll be able to look at the job and then it’ll have a number on it and say, go to booth five or go to booth 10. And then they’ll be able to talk to the employers at that booth about what it is that they’re looking for when hiring. Because most jobs are found through networks, and it gives you a bit of an insight as to what employers want that helps job seekers get the work. So that’s technically what an Australian Jobs Fair is. It’s run by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment or DESE, and all the DESE team will be there, that are based in Tasmania tomorrow. And they will have brightly coloured vests on, and job seekers will be able to talk to them and get help. But it’s something that the Morrison Government’s been doing right around Australia. We’ve run them in Burnie and Hobart before, and we’re doing another one in Burnie tomorrow and then on Wednesday in Hobart later in the week.
Now you did mention there were over 400 jobs tomorrow. Is the aim to fill these jobs tomorrow?
Well, we want to fill them, absolutely. And so what we have had, but a bit of a problem around the country, is we’ve had more jobs than job seekers. So I just came back from Alice Springs; we had 600 jobs on offer in Alice Springs. and 300 people at the jobs fair.
So tomorrow, you know, we’ve got 440-plus jobs in Burnie in Tasmania. We need as many people to walk through the door. And I don’t mind if people haven’t worked for years, or perhaps they’ve been in – one person I spoke to recently said to me: I just can’t get a job because I had a criminal record. And I said: well, look, you know, be up front. Tell the employer you’ve had a past but you’re ready to work, you’ve got a great attitude. Smile and be happy and tell them you’ll do a great job. And that’s why we have probationary periods for employers to give people a go and to have a fresh start. So anyone that’s listening, if you’ve got children, or grandchildren or yourself, if you’re looking for work, you’ve got to get to the Burnie Jobs Fair tomorrow.
So what should job seekers bring with them?
They can bring a copy of their resume, and the Department of Education Skills and Employment through the Australian Government will have free resume writing techniques for them. They’ll be – if they haven’t got a resume, just come along. We can book them in for a session and get a resume done up for them. But also just a great attitude and just be happy, smiling, ready to go. Employers will say to them, when we’re hiring, this is what we look for, you know, those sort of attitudes that I just mentioned. So as long as they’re wanting to work and want to change their lives, if they’re unemployed, want to get into the workforce, there has never been a better opportunity, because with international borders only recently opening up in some states, there is more jobs than workers that are available because we did lose some overseas skilled workers during COVID that were living in Australia that went back home during COVID. So we’re actually looking for 280,000 jobs around Australia before Christmas. So just come along tomorrow with a great attitude and ready to work, and I’m sure you’ll have a great opportunity to get a job tomorrow.
Burnie Jobs Fair, a great resource for job seekers here on the North-West Coast. Two sessions tomorrow at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre; session one, 9.30am till noon, and session two 12.45pm to 3pm. Thank you so much, the Honourable Luke Howarth MP, for joining me this afternoon on The Home Run, and we hope tomorrow is a success.
No, look, I think it’ll be great. Know the Australian Government is behind them. Anyone that’s listening know that we believe you can get the work, and that you’re going to do really well. And so we’re confident that by turning up tomorrow, you’ll change your life and we want to see you through the door. The member for Braddon will be there as well, Mr Gavin Pearce, he’ll be there if you want to talk to him, as well as all the DESE staff. It’ll be a really great day. We’ve got coffee as well, so come in in the morning, grab a free cappuccino and take some time looking around the jobs fair. Spend an hour there, an hour and a half there, have a good look around. Thank you very much.
No, thank you. The Honourable Luke Howarth, there, MP. And more details, dese.gov.au.
“Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business”
“Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services “