Job shopping: Hundreds of willing jobseekers and employers turned out at the Centrelink Jobs supermarket in Coffs Harbour yesterday.
Job shopping: Hundreds of willing jobseekers and employers turned out at the Centrelink Jobs supermarket in Coffs Harbour yesterday. Bruce Thomas

Coffs expo pulls jobseekers

A JOB supermarket was how it was advertised by Centrelink, and with 300 casual, part-time and permanent positions on offer, it drew a pre-Christmas rush of willing jobseekers.

The ‘Keep Australia Working’ Jobs and Skills Expo, at the Coffs Harbour Showground yesterday, was the largest local employment drive seen on the Coffs Coast to date.

More than 50 local, State and national businesses, Jobs Services Australia providers, private recruitment agencies and education and training organisations took part.

“There were plenty of employment, training and business opportunities on the day,” Centrelink’s Jobs and Skills Expo national manager Malcolm Hill said.

“Businesses looked for people of all skill-sets, regardless of experience, for trades, apprenticeships, traineeships, full- and part-time jobs, in white collar and blue collar industries,” he said.

Newly settled mechanic Eklou Kouami Maglorie Kpodo was one determined jobseeker who gained a lot from the expo.

Since arriving in Coffs Harbour from his homeland of Togo, Eklou has desperately searched for work in the automotive industry.

Put in touch with TAFE NSW yesterday he may well be on his way to further study, which will help him meet Australian industry standards.

“I worked as an automotive mechanic for many years in Africa and I want to get back working here in Coffs Harbour in a busy workshop servicing motor vehicles,” Eklou said.

“With a bit of study I’m sure that is possible now,” he said.

Already the ‘Keep Australia Working’ initiative has seen more than 14,500 jobseekers throughout Australia connect with real employment opportunities.



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