Hundreds of local employers, training providers and job seekers made meaningful connections at the inaugural Scenic Rim Jobs and Skills Fest in November.
More than 30 local employers and training providers, ranging from Aldi Supermarkets to Yourtown, set up stalls to market their employment and training opportunities to secondary students, job seekers and workers considering a career change or simply upskilling.
The Jobs and Skills Fest identified 179 job opportunities and generated more than 315 expressions of interest for these positions.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen welcomed the crowd of almost 200 to the event, part of Council’s wider Regional Skills Investment Strategy, which is proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government.
“It’s great to see the tremendous enthusiasm with which so many local employers embraced this event,” he said.
“It’s often said that a company is only as good as its people and the Scenic Rim community has a wealth of hard-working, high-calibre people – whether prospective employers or employees – who simply need to connect with one another.
“This is why we have taken the initiative to help facilitate those connections, to support growth and relationships between all levels of government, business and the local community.”
The Scenic Rim’s diverse economy relies on key industries of agri-business, tourism, health and well being, along with key service sectors and construction.
Over the next two decades, creating valuable jobs for locals will remain a key feature of Council’s economic development activities as it seeks to continually build a more diverse, sustainable and vibrant economy.
“In the development of our Regional Prosperity Strategy, it was identified that currently 40 per cent of local resident workers leave the region every day to access employment and that most are travelling to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan,” Cr Christensen said.
“Anecdotally, we know that limited local job opportunities has resulted in many young families, who moved to the region to access its lifestyle and affordability, being unable to sustain living in their region of choice.”
However, in just one year, 2017-2018 compared with 2016 -2017, the number of jobs in the region grew by more than 900, from 14,351 to 15,253.
“This is a great outcome for the Scenic Rim and a reflection of the strength of economic opportunities and the confidence of our business community across our region,” Cr Christensen said.
“Now is the time for our region to take charge of its future and make things happen, rather than waiting for things to happen.”