Working on a new beginning
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.