FOR the past five years, Bathurst Regional Council has been taking steps to improve local employment rates through its annual jobs expo.
On August 21, the event will be held for the fifth time at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Cente (BMEC), giving job seekers the chance to meet employment and training providers.
Mayor Graeme Hanger said there has been strong growth for the expo since its inception, seeing exhibitors fill BMEC on more than one occasion.
“The event grew rapidly from 2014 to 2016 to become the largest jobs expo in the Central West, and has maintained a steady audience of approximately 2,500 attendees since then,” he said.
“BMEC can hold 50 exhibitors, so the venue is at full capacity each year.”
The expo has become a destination for high schools, with many in the region attending the event with students who are looking to plan their future career paths.
In the past, exhibitors have included local businesses, recruitment agencies, universities, the Army Reserve, Defence Force Recruiting and TAFE Western.
Similar exhibitors will be available next month.
“The Bathurst Jobs Expo presents a platform for employers, employment agencies and interested parties to meet and engage with job seekers and students to discuss employment opportunities in the Bathurst region,” Cr Hanger said.
“It promotes the retention of our youth to live and work in Bathurst, and lowers the unemployment rate.
“There will be approximately 50 exhibitors including policing, defence, higher education, emergency services, NSW Government and health.”
Council is still accepting applications from exhibitors.
Businesses looking to get involved can call 6333 6182 or email email@example.com to register.
In addition to the exhibitors, this year’s jobs expo will offer two presentations on career development, presented by TAFE NSW.
For more information about the event, visit the Bathurst Business Hub website.