Job exchange opens door to youth

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser

Business leaders in Broome want to teach students and unemployed youngsters a valuable lesson on life as they head towards working for a living.

Town-based youth seeking employment are being urged to make contact with the Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry to plan for their entry into the workforce.

The inaugural Broome Business Youth Job Exchange will connect young people with local employers and give businesses a chance to explain their operations and what they are looking for in potential candidates.

The event also aims to provide a smooth transition into education, training or employment by connecting candidates directly with the businesses.

The key objectives are to encourage and promote engagement between local youth and the business community, promote employment and training opportunities in the Kimberley, and create opportunities for participants to build networks and provide expressions of interest to local employers.

The Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre will join forces with the Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Careers Centre (Wunan Foundation) event at the Broome Civic Centre on Friday, November 24, from 8am.

The AWDC will work with schools and other service providers to gather a list of people seeking jobs and Wunan will help job seekers to make a resume and conduct job interview training in advance.

The BCCI will gather local businesses with potentially available positions — including full-time, part-time, casual and traineeships — and match the candidates with the employment opportunities in advance.

Each registered business will receive advance details of the potential candidates and then choose their top three.

At the job exchange, each business will be allocated with a table for 10-minute one-on-one interview sessions with their top-three selections.

The onus will be on applicants to see if they have been successful.

Training and accreditation providers will be present to provide additional support to qualify new candidates, including North Regional TAFE, Central Queensland University, University of Notre Dame, Apprenticeships Australia and more.

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