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GIPPSLAND JOBS FAIR TO ASSIST THE COMMUNITY

People in the Gippsland area, including those affected by the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station and Mine, will be able to explore new job opportunities and connect with potential employers at an Australian Government Jobs Fair.

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Gippsland Jobs Fair, to be held in Morwell on 24 March, would connect local people with employers and industry bodies.

“Members of the local community will learn directly about potential jobs across the Latrobe Valley and the greater Gippsland region,” Minister Cash said.“This is part of a $3 million structural adjustment package to assist retrenched Hazelwood Power Station and mine workers. It’s one element of the $43 million initiative to support Victoria’s Latrobe Valley with the closure of the facility due at the end of March.”

An Employment Facilitator has also been put in place to provide on-the-ground support to people in the region. The facilitator works closely with local jobactive providers, employers and training services to train workers in new skills and connect them with employment opportunities.

At the Jobs Fair, locals will have the opportunity to speak directly with exhibitors and employment providers and are encouraged to research potential employers to network with.

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester MP said the Latrobe Valley economy was diverse, but it was hard for job seekers to navigate what options are out there.

“The employees at Hazelwood want to work, have a solid work-ethic, and are determined to remain in their home region,” Mr Chester said.

“However, for people who have not searched for job for many years, it can be hard to know where to start.

“In addition to this, our region is also facing employment challenges in addition to the Hazelwood scenario. I encourage people to attend the Fair and use this opportunity to network with employers and discover information on jobs that they might be interested in.”

Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said Jobs Fair visitors would also receive information packs and invites to attend practical information sessions on résumé writing and developing job search strategies.

“There is no ‘silver bullet’ to fix the Latrobe Valley’s employment challenges, but we have a rich and diverse economy based on traditional industries,” Mr Broadbent said.

“The Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland region remains an ideal place to live and work. We want to retain the people who already work here, and to attract more people to our part of the world.”

Gippsland Jobs Fair details:

When: Friday 24 March 2017, between 2-8 pm
Where: Kernot Hall Morwell, Victoria

For more information about the Jobs Fair visit:  https://http://www.employment.gov.au/jobsfair

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