BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR: Today you may see a number of training organisations and employment service providers out in force. With a team of 33 professionals knocking on doors of businesses across Bundaberg seeking job vacancies for the unemployed. As of 12.30pm today the teams have a combined effort of touching base with more than 300 businesses and have been able to secure 50 job vacancies. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR: Today you may see a number of training organisations and employment service providers out in force. With a team of 33 professionals knocking on doors of businesses across Bundaberg seeking job vacancies for the unemployed. As of 12.30pm today the teams have a combined effort of touching base with more than 300 businesses and have been able to secure 50 job vacancies. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Jobs Day helps youth

UNEMPLOYED youth of Bundaberg will have a better chance of finding work thanks to local organisations who took to the streets to walk 200km in an employment doorknock appeal.

The job drive came in response to the Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data showing Bundaberg had the state's highest youth unemployment rate of 21.5%.

East Coast Apprenticeships program manager Heather Russell said the purpose of the day was to get job providers and training organisations to walk the streets of Bundaberg and approach as many businesses as possible to help find work for the unemployed.

"There is 33 people broken into different groups and heading to different locations across Bundaberg - from the industrial areas out to the port," Ms Russell said.

"We are talking to businesses to discuss what vacancies they have available now and what they may have in the future.

"With Bundaberg being the highest of unemployed in the state we thought we had to do something now."

Ms Russell said talking with businesses was important as they might have room to add someone new to their workplace.

"Even taking on a trainee or talking about different positions they may not realise they have," she said.

Bundaberg Jobs Day spokesman and East Coast Apprenticeships CEO Alan Sparks said a similar campaign was held in Ipswich last month and helped identify around 100 jobs.

"Many of us are familiar with the 'Shop Local' campaign to support local business," Mr Sparks said.

"Our sentiment is very similar - employ local - and help grow the Bundaberg economy from a very strong local base - its young people."

The businesses involved in the day were East Coast Apprenticeships (ECA), BUSY at Work and Max Employment along with Sarina Russo Job Access, Impact Community Services, Work Skills and TAFE Queensland.

Ms Russell confirmed 468 employers were approached with a possible 69 new job vacancies.



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