Are you or someone you know looking for work?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Tired of being told you don’t have enough experience? The National Work Experience Program may be just what you’re looking for. 

Already qualified, but can’t find a position in your chosen field? Perhaps you should consider starting your own business. Help is available through the Business Enterprise Centre and New Enterprise Incentive Scheme.

Worried you’ll struggle on apprentice wages if you undertake a trade? You may be eligible for a Trade Support Loan.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know – The Community Jobs Forum is your opportunity to learn about the financial incentives, assistance and training programs provided by the Australian Government to help you find and retain a job.

Guest speakers will provide tips on how to make your resume stand out from the crowd and prepare for job interviews.

You’ll hear how the Government is helping local businesses create new jobs. We’re also encouraging them to employ young and mature age job seekers.

All Hinkler residents welcome.


Date: Friday 29 January, 2016

Time: Registrations open at 9am for a 9.30am start. A networking morning tea will be held between 10.30 – 11am. The event concludes at NOON.

Location: Fraser Room, Hervey Bay Boat Club, Buccaneer Dr, Urangan

Cost: FREE

Can’t make it? You can still have your say by completing Keith’s online survey:

You’ll find more information about the various Government programs on Keith’s website.      



Registrations: 9am – 9.30am

Session One: 9.30am – 10.30am

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, who is an electrical engineer and owned a registered training organisation prior to entering politics, will outline how the Federal Government is working to create new jobs in regional Australia.

Shane Gross, Contract Manager with the Department of Employment, has 26 years’ experience helping people find work and has a keen interest in indigenous education. Mr Gross will provide details of the wide variety of Federal Government programs that can assist job seekers, including: the Job Commitment Bonus, Relocation Assistance, the Youth Employment Strategy, National Work Experience Program and wage subsidies like Restart, which encourage businesses to employ mature age job seekers.

Donna Norman, Work for the Dole co-ordinator Wide Bay Sunshine Coast Mission Providence, will talk about the benefits of participating in Work for the Dole, local placement opportunities and the requirements of the program.   

Bianca Carlsson, Queensland Regional Manager for Campbell Page, will explain how local Green Army participants are gaining new skills, completing accredited training modules and helping to protect precious natural assets that the community can enjoy.

Chris Dale, General Manager of Busy At Work, will briefly outline how Trade Support Loans are making it more affordable for young people to undertake a trade, and will introduce Radmila Desic. Ms Desic started her career as an apprentice carpenter joiner and now oversees Busy At Work’s involvement in the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. Ms Desic is passionate about the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, which can also provide a solid foundation for future careers.

Networking morning tea: 10.30am – 11.00am

Session Two: 11.00am – NOON

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Luke Hartsuyker, who managed his family’s tourism business in Coffs Harbour prior to entering politics in 2001, will discuss the jobs of the future; which industries will grow and what skills will be needed. He’ll also talk about Government initiatives like the Coalition’s reinstated Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year.    

Peter Peterson, Manager of the Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre, will explain how to turn your skills into a small business and the importance of writing a business plan. He’ll also explain what advice the BEC can provide to help Central Queensland start-ups navigate their way through government regulation, marketing and human resources.

Scott Rowe, Executive Officer Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett, works with the community and all levels of government to drive job-creating economic development initiatives. Scott has a small business background and spent more than 20 years working in regional media. He’ll talk about a local job-matching website that’s currently under development and proposals for a FIFO hub. 

Hervey Bay Boat Club Human Resources Manager Rachel Young will explain what major employers look for when they’re inundated with resumes – how to make your resume stand out from the crowd.   

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Cate Ayres, a member of Speak-Easy Toastmasters Hervey Bay, will share tips on preparing for job interviews. By learning to effectively convey your ideas and present yourself well, you will be more persuasive with potential employers.

[event concludes at noon]


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