More than 6,000 Aboriginal people, keen to skill up and take their careers to the next level, came together for the Deadly Jobs Expo at Ashfield Reserve in Bassendean recently.
With a focus on ‘real jobs’ the expo is part of the Town of Bassendean in conjunction with Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation's NAIDOC Family Day, one of the largest events of its kind in Australia.
Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said it was a successful day allowing visitors to network and connect with potential employers.
“We had 41 stallholders in the marquee representing organisations such as Virgin Australia, Crown Perth, WA Police, Water Corporation, GHD and the Wirrpanda Foundation,” she said.
“Feedback from employers was very positive and there was strong interest from Aboriginal people for positions within their companies as well.”
The Deadly Jobs Expo was also a chance for staff from the Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) to meet the public and showcase career and training services on offer.
Located on TAFE campuses throughout Perth and regional Western Australia, with additional outreach locations for regional areas, JSCs provide a one-stop shop for job seekers, students and career changers in the local community. For Aboriginal jobseekers, the JSCs offer culturally sensitive training, employment and career support services.
The JSCs are part of the State Government’s plan to build the future workforce and prevent skill shortages.
“Local JSCs have experience helping Aboriginal jobseekers in WA choose a training course or find their career path and employment,” Ms Driscoll said.
“There is also a free online jobs board with a range of employment opportunities from casual or part time work through to full time positions.”