The ‘Local Jobs Local People’ event on 25 July 2018 in Port Adelaide, South Australia, created an environment for young people looking for work to meet with employers looking to take on new staff.
The event was supported by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
The Department’s Adelaide-based Employment Liaison Officer, Sharon Clarke, said the event provided an opportunity for young people to meet with employers and local businesses to fast track their recruitment in a supported and relaxed environment.
‘The young people were equipped with their own business cards that included their photo that they could present to employers,’ Sharon said.
Twelve businesses and 27 young people aged 17-24 were matched according to career preferences and business needs.
Four employment service providers were involved on the day – Youth Employment Partnership, Workskil, Status and Job Prospects – facilitating conversations between the young people and employers. The providers also ensured those seeking work were prepared to interact with potential employers.
Some of the young people remarked that it was great to get an opportunity to speak with employers. They felt empowered on the day to hold conversations with their next potential boss and hand out their business cards in a relaxed breakfast setting.
One young person said she wasn’t too sure what the event would be like but came along to see anyway.
‘It was so much better than I thought it would be and I spoke to a number of employers about their opportunities,’ she said.
Employers were equally happy to meet young people eager to work, with some great feedback received:
‘Thanks for the opportunity to both cater and be a part of your great program! I now have two individuals starting an internship next week.’ - Phil Donnelly, Mayfair Bakery.
‘Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this event. I think it is a very effective way to meet young job seekers and for them to be in a relaxed environment. I have already received one resume and have put it forward to our managers for consideration.’ - Merrilyn Hawkes, UrbanVirons Group.
‘I have asked my team to call seven of the job seekers that we spoke to and hopefully we can get them work. It was a really good morning and I think it was a great idea.’ - Sophie Rowlands, Programmed Skilled Workforce.
Events like Local People Local Jobs are part of the Department’s commitment to increase the number of employers utilising employment programs to hire young people, such as Youth Jobs PaTH; empower young people to pursue employment opportunities; and connect employment service providers with job opportunities.