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    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Work for Queensland Expo for Ipswich jobseekers

    Employment, Skills and Mining
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, February 03, 2012

    Work for Queensland Expo for Ipswich jobseekers

    Local jobseekers are being encouraged to stake their claim in the booming resources sector at today’s Work for Queensland Mining and Jobs Expo in Ipswich.

    Employment Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe will be joined by Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan and Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt at the Expo.

    “The demand for skilled workers is at an all-time high. There are thousands of vacancies on the books in the resources sector and we want to give Ipswich jobseekers every chance to fill those jobs and share in the boom times,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “We’re looking at 38,000 jobs in mining and construction over the next few years and we want to give as many Queenslanders as possible the chance to carve out a career in the resources sector.

    “Ipswich has such a rich mining history, with the city itself being founded as a limestone mining settlement in 1826, and was a Queensland coal mining hub until the 1970s. Generations of Ipswich workers made their start in the mines, and we want the next generation of skilled workers to have these same opportunities.

    “With our Jobs Expos and our free Resources 101 courses, we’re giving Queensland jobseekers the best possible chance to take up the many opportunities on offer,” he said.

    Ms Nolan said around 1000 local jobseekers had registered to attend the Expo.

    “It’s a chance for jobseekers to find out more about the resources sector – the types of jobs in high demand and how they can match their skills or learn new ones to get a foot in the door,” she said.

    The Work for Queensland Mining and Jobs Expo is being held today at The Workshops Rail Museum, North Street, North Ipswich between 10am and 4pm.

    Mr Wendt is encouraging locals to have their say on the Bligh Government’s Mines to Minds policy.

    “At the heart of it, is our new Education Trust - $1.8 billion over ten years from future LNG royalties. It’s our investment in the skills and training of a budding, new generation of Queenslanders,” Mr Wendt said.

    “We want people to have their say on how those funds could be used. For instance, they could fund TAFE and university scholarships, provide tools for apprentices, tuition fees, education and training initiatives beyond the basics and beyond school years, living expenses and travel expenses for students in regional Queensland – the opportunities are endless.

    “Importantly, the trust will create opportunities for young people that their parents didn’t have,” he said.

    “Visit the Get Involved website to have your say - http://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/205/view.html.”

    Media Inquiries: Minister’s office - (07) 3227 8824

    Rachel Nolan’s office - (07) 3202 3452

    Wayne Wendt’s office - (07) 3813 0074