Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce

The Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce operates as a central resource within the Economic Development function of Council to provide enhanced employment outcomes for employers, Logan’s youth, and job seekers. The Taskforce encourages greater collaboration and knowledge sharing to facilitate a specialised approach to meet the needs of local businesses and job seekers.

Through the Taskforce, local employers struggling to find staff are:

  • assisted through direct referrals to job-ready individuals
  • connected to the LoganJobs platform
  • connected to training organisations to develop career pathways and
  • coordinated job fairs to help recruit suitable workers.

Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce Overview for FY 2022/23

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Unemployment Rate

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businesses supported with employment

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people placed into employment

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youth (aged 15-24) placed into employment

Our projects

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Live local. Work local. Employ local.

The City of Logan expects to see increasing job opportunities in the short, medium and long-term future. We have significant existing infrastructure to service a growing population, including a major hospital, major tertiary education facilities, growing housing stock and major transport links. We are well-positioned to support the growing South-East Queensland region and attract a wide range of industries and development.

loganjobs.com.au is a one-stop shop where local people find local jobs in the City of Logan. It’s an online hub connecting Logan employers with Logan job seekers, making it easier to live and work in our vibrant city.

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Catapult Connects Program

The Catapult Connects Program is designed to combat unemployment and tackle workforce shortages by initiating young individuals into their career paths at an earlier stage.

This initiative empowers students to progressively develop skills, forge connections, and gain insight into various industries year by year, thereby significantly enhancing their prospects as they leave high school and transition into real-world scenarios. Businesses collaborate with schools for this term-long program, fostering genuine connections and exposing students to a diverse array of industries and workplace challenges.

Ultimately, this initiative leads to improved outcomes in year 13 and produces better-prepared young individuals entering the workforce.

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Logan Education Round Table

Logan Education Round Table was established in 2021 through strategic collaboration to address the ongoing issue of high youth unemployment in Logan. Co-chaired by the Economic Development team, the round table comprises local high school principals, representatives from home-schooling communities across Logan, flexi schools, Workforce Australia, the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training, Griffith University, and TAFE Queensland.

Meeting three times per school term, Logan Education Round Table aims to facilitate connections between students, school staff, and local employers. In 2024, Logan Edication Round Table plans to host another Brisbane to Business expo in October, along with other opportunities to bridge the gap between education and employment.

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Events and Expos

Every year, the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce team actively supports and hosts a variety of local job events and expos. These include major events such as the Logan Jobs Expo, Bridge to Business, Health and Community Care Jobs Expo, and Multicultural Employment Expo.

The main goal of these events is to foster connections for individuals interested in various industries. Moreover, they strive to create employment opportunities by bridging the gap between local businesses in Logan and job-ready members of the community.

Why hire locally?

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Lower turnover costs

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More reliable

Better brand reputation

What do other people say about us

Thanks for all that you do, the emails with vacancies have been so helpful for our customers at Maxima. One of our customers was offered employment for the sewing machinist role. She is absolutely over the moon with joy that she is doing paid employment in a role that she loves and just considered a hobby previously. Your work is so very much appreciated by us and our customers. You’re such a legend Paul and the Logan area is so lucky to have you.

Paul, your tip about Nature’s Best needing workers was a game-changer. Today, at Browns Plains, we sent Gary and Darren their way. Both got the job! Darren starts Monday, Gary on Thursday. Your support means everything in helping our candidates land work in Logan. Thank you!

It has been brilliant for us to work with Logan City Council, and we have hired a number of good people as a result. Paul knows what we need, the kind of person we are looking for, and he can usually find someone for us quickly. He’s got the right connections and filters out the right person.

The catapult program showed me just how many other jobs are out there, and showed me what is required to get those jobs via alternative pathways to secure my future.

Paul is a great ‘connector’ bringing Community and Employment services, industry and local people together with the goal of filling employment gaps in Logan. ‘Passionate’ is probably not a big enough word – Paul absolutely loves seeing people gain work and business operators having their vacant roles filled.

It has been fantastic working with Council on the Catapult Program to showcase career pathways to youth. Building the right skills and an understanding of available pathways is so important for our young people.

Paul has been a member of the Logan-Beaudesert Community Investment Committee since he commenced his role at Logan City Council, he has been instrumental over the past 10 months in supporting the health working group to launch a Health & Community Care Jobs Expo which now looks like it will be held twice each year. Paul is also a wealth of knowledge about community and business which has been extremely helpful to me since I commenced the role in June 2024, as he has helped me to connect to the right people in the community to come on board as members of the CIC and work as part of the team to support young people into pathways and employment.

I just wanted to say thank you, Paul.

Moko has been on the team for a month and has become a good employee. He works hard, always happy, and no one has a bad word to say about his efforts.

We’ve been engaged with the Catapult program for quite a few years and thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to work with Year 9 students from Yarrabilba State Secondary College in the new Catapult Connect program. It’s important to provide students with real-world insight into different career options before they reach the point of having to make subject selections and decisions about their options following high school.

I have worked with Paul Bailey for the last 8 years – in his previous role and now with Logan City Council.

Paul’s passion for assisting youth into employment knows no bounds. Many of our young people at our Logan Senior Campus have been assisted in their transition from school.

In addition, Paul’s network with Logan Employers and Community is broad and he is always willing to share these contacts so we can provide more opportunities to change the lives of our young people.

Paul is simply amazing and he never ceased to promote Logan.

Paul Bailey from the Logan Council Task Force is a standout individual who consistently goes above and beyond with a positive attitude and infectious energy. As a representative of Mas National, we have had the pleasure of working with Paul in the Traineeship and Apprenticeship sector, where he tirelessly promotes employment, training, and community initiatives in Logan. Paul’s dedication has led to successful collaborations, including participation in events like the Logan Employment, Health, and Multicultural Expos. Together, we have been able to make a difference by supporting programs like Skilling Queenslanders for Work and creating meaningful opportunities and outcomes for the people of Logan. Paul’s commitment and teamwork are truly commendable.

If you own a business in Logan and require staff, or if you’re a job seeker residing in Logan, please reach out to our employment support coordinators.