The first of four Work for Queensland Job Expos opened its doors on Wednesday to a massive crowd at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Job seekers from all over SE Queensland showed up for an opportunity to speak with company reps from the likes of BHP Billiton, Xstrata, and Rio Tinto. Several training organisations were also on hand taking advantage of the frenzied mining interest.
Getting access to any of the 39 booths, which represented about 36 organisations, was time consuming and at times frustrating. But that didn`t seem to bother many of the people waiting in the huge line-ups. The event attracted people of all ages, with male and female interest being split roughly even.
Each of first two information sessions was full to standing room only. Nonetheless, much of the information
presented could be found with a simple online visit to the various organisational web sites.
Australians thirsty for mining careers
The one day event might have met with disappointment for some jobseekers because no actual jobs were on the table. Gold Coast resident Steve Oldfield, said, “I treated the whole thing as a fact finding mission and didn`t expect to be offered a job on the spot.
My trip would have been more productive if I could have spoken to one of the reps. But the line and wait was just too long for me.”ť
For organisers, this first event alone showed just how thirsty Australians are for mining careers. It demonstrated that any effort or money spent on training programmes from either employers or government would not be wasted.
Other Expo events on the slate for Queensland are: Sunshine Coast, Friday 21st October, Fraser Coast, Friday 28th October and Cairns, Wednesday 2nd November.