Show­case to lure re­cruits

Em­ploy­ers are keen to win over vis­i­tors, Adam He­garty re­ports

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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.

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