Showcase to lure recruits
Employers are keen to win over visitors, Adam Hegarty reports
EXHIBITORS are champing at the bit to showcase what they have to offer potential new recruits.
Employers at the event say it gives them the opportunity to attract jobseekers who would not have normally considered a career with their company or industry.
Major Owen Schubert will have Australian Defence Force Recruiting staff at the expo as the defence industry tries to broaden its worker demographic by attracting workers of different genders and cultural backgrounds.
‘‘ It’s a good opportunity for the Australian Defence Force to showcase the enormous range of jobs we have on offer,’’ he says.
‘‘ A person might want to become a cook and the Defence Force can offer a trade to become a chef.
‘‘ It gives you a diverse range of skills and opportunities, which is fantastic. You also give something back to your country.’’
Schubert says Defence is particularly looking to recruit army reservists at the expo.
He says Reserve numbers have been low of late as existing recruits leave after finding the demanding and complex job eats into their social and private life.
‘‘ They can’t end up committing. There’s a constant need to replace those exiting the Army Reserves,’’ Schubert says.
‘‘ It also allows more experienced soldiers to deploy overseas.’’
He says reservists not only work in positions vacated by army personnel in Australia but they can also head overseas on deployments.
FIELD OF BATTLE: Army Reservists train using a M198 155mm Howitzer.