Former Origin Greats Promote Job Opportunities for Young Indigenous Job Seekers & Students
QLD, Australia (News4us.com) March 23, 2011
Queensland’s Former Origin Greats (FOGs) will join forces with industry and local businesses in Cairns tomorrow to promote job opportunities for young Indigenous job seekers and students.
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said there had been an overwhelming response from the Cairns business community wanting to participate in this year’s employment and careers expo.
“Cairns businesses have really embraced this expo and we have more than 50 exhibitors attending tomorrow,” Senator Arbib said.
“It’s really encouraging to see the Cairns community willing to help close the gap for young Indigenous people.”
The expo is one of six FOGs Indigenous Employment and Careers Expos being held across Queensland this year.
Queensland Senator Jan McLucas said the expos were a key part of promoting the Government’s Learn. Earn. Legend! campaign which encourages young people to stay in school or training with the goal of finding long-term job opportunities.
“The FOGs expo provides a fantastic opportunity for Indigenous job seekers and students to discuss first hand the various opportunities available with local businesses, industry, job services providers, schools and tertiary institutions,” Senator McLucas said.
“Cairns is hosting the first expo for 2011 and we are very excited about the turn out we are expecting. The expos have had strong attendance in previous years in Cairns and the local community is again set to support the FOGs enthusiastically.”
Origin great and FOGs Chairman Gene Miles will be joined at the Cairns Expo by former origin players such as Arthur Beetson, Allan Langer and Sam Backo.
“These outstanding current and former players are a powerful voice in encouraging young people to work hard and stay at school,” Senator Arbib said.
“We know the best thing kids can do is get a good education and the more education – whether it’s finishing year 12, completing a TAFE qualification, an apprenticeship or a tertiary qualification – the more likely they are to secure a good job.
“That’s the message the FOGs and the Indigenous All Stars will be sharing with young Indigenous Australians.”
Following the success of the 2009 FOGs Expos, the Australian Government has committed $3.2 million to FOGs to support 39 events in 2010 and 2011, including the Employment and Careers Expos, employment forums and corporate events.
These events build on the outstanding results from 2010, with 13,500 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and job seekers attending FOGs events, an increase of 10,500 on the previous year.
Of the 550 interviews and applications received as a direct result of the FOGs Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo, 345 Indigenous people who attended these events in 2010 were placed into employment or have engaged in further training.
This is an average of 49.3 employment and training outcomes per expo.
“Queensland FOGS is a fantastic initiative that is in its eighth year. These former rugby league greats are committed to closing the gap for Indigenous Australians by providing employment and career assistance,” Senator Arbib said.
The expos are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to close the gap on Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment outcomes.
|Mackay||Wednesday 6th April||Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre|
|Mount Isa||Wednesday 18th May||Xstrata Exhibition and Convention Centre|
|Townsville||Wednesday 27th July||Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre|
|Rockhampton||Wednesday 24th August||Rockhampton Show Grounds|
|Brisbane||Wednesday 5th October||Suncorp Stadium|
For more information about the 2010 FOGs Indigenous Employment and Careers Expos visit http://www.fogs.com.au
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