PROVIDING access to employment and training providers through the Bathurst Jobs Expo has put people from the region in a better position to find work.
The expo was held at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) on Tuesday, with more than 50 different exhibitors occupying stalls.
Mayor Graeme Hanger said the expo was an opportunity for a variety of people, including school students, unemployed people and those looking for new careers, to explore employment opportunities locally.
In addition to helping job seekers, the expo gave different industries the chance to promote themselves.
“It allows them to put on display what they’ve got,” Cr Hanger said.
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Tuesday’s expo featured exhibitors representing a variety of industries, from the emergency services and health professionals, through to providers of tertiary education and employment services.
All Saints’ College Year 10 student Zoe Lewis said she had been paying particular attention to the education providers as she wasn’t sure what career she wanted to pursue just yet.
“I think [the expo] is a great opportunity to talk to all the different career [providers], particularly if you aren’t sure what you want to do, like us,” she said.
Bathurst Base Hospital was one of the exhibitors, offering an interactive stall where passersby could experience some of the things health professionals have learnt to do.
Clinical nurse educator Alison Parker said the CPR dummy, connected to an iPad displaying vital signs, had attracted people over to the stall.
“The more people in the population we have that know how [to do CPR], the better,” she said.
In addition to education, the stall also aimed to inform people about the different career opportunities available in the health sector.
“There is a whole world of opportunities in health that not a lot of people know about,” Ms Parker said.
At the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) stall, staff were informing people about the various traineeship, apprenticeship and scholarship opportunities coming up in the area, particularly for women.
“We’re looking to diversify our workforce with females in non-traditional roles,” admin assistant Kathryn Barnes said.
Simplot also took the opportunity to promote upcoming positions at the jobs expo.
Now the company is moving into its peak season, it is looking to have up to 40 positions available between November and June.
A lot of students and older job seekers took an interest in the stall.
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