Work­ing on a new be­gin­ning

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan @dal­by­her­

AL­MOST 500 job­seek­ers filed through the Dalby Show­grounds Pav­il­ion yes­ter­day in the hope of at­tain­ing a fresh start at the Dalby Jobs and Train­ing Fair.

With more than 20 or­gan­i­sa­tions look­ing for em­ploy­ees and 200 jobs on of­fer, Dalby Cham­ber of Com­merce vice-pres­i­dent Jim Charl­ton was stoked with the re­sponse.

“I’ve just walked in and saw the amount of peo­ple here and I think it’s amaz­ing,” Mr Charl­ton said.

“They tell me that it was ab­so­lutely packed ear­lier on in the day.

“It’s amaz­ing how many peo­ple have come out to get be­hind the whole thing.”

The pav­il­ion was full of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, em­ploy­ment agen­cies and ea­ger lo­cal com­pa­nies all hop­ing to fill po­si­tions.

Mr Charl­ton said there was a de­mand for work­ers at the mo­ment in the re­gion and it was about con­nect­ing the right staff to a suit­able busi­ness.

“We’ve known for a long time that it’s dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to find em­ploy­ees, so it’s not that sur­pris­ing that all of the dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions wanted to be in­volved to­day,” he said.

“I’m con­fi­dent that over the next short pe­riod a lot of the jobs will get filled.”

Mr Charl­ton said the or­gan­is­ers – the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil, Dalby Cham­ber and State De­vel­op­ment – would con­sider hold­ing another fair.

“It’s some­thing we’re go­ing to have to look at be­cause if you have a look at the re­sponse here it’s amaz­ing,” he said.

“It was de­signed to help all un­em­ployed peo­ple out, not just those who re­cently lost their job at Ost­walds, so we couldn’t rule out hold­ing another one be­cause the re­sponse has been in­cred­i­ble.”


JOB HUNT: Pro­grammed se­nior re­sourc­ing spe­cial­ist Vinita Saun­ders (right) with a lo­cal job­seeker.

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