Jobs Expo provides career pathways

City of Logan job seekers can lay the foundations for future careers at the annual Logan Jobs Expo this week.

The free event connects those looking for work with local businesses that provide employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities in the construction, manufacturing and trade industries.

The 2023 Logan Jobs Expo is at Logan Metro Sports & Events Centre, 357 Browns Plains Road at Crestmead from 9 am until 2 pm on Thursday, September 14.

Last year’s Expo attracted more than 800 attendees and saw 17 people secure local employment on the day.

This year’s event is expected to attract more than 70 exhibitors.

The Jobs Expo is another initiative of the Mayor’s Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce, which helped 213 people – including 58 youth – find employment in the 2022/23 financial year.

Mayor Darren Power said it would help job seekers of all ages prepare for success.

“Our taskforce was launched in 2021 to empower local job seekers to unleash their potential and take control of their employment journey,” Cr Power said.

Economic Development Chair, Cr Jon Raven said the Expo supports local businesses seeking employment-ready staff.

“We know that growing businesses need good staff to provide great service, which is why we want to help Logan businesses find local staff who are ready to work,” Cr Raven said.

Division 8 Councillor Jacob Heremaia said the Jobs Expo caters for all ages.

“Whether you are a school-leaver, or looking for a career change, there will be plenty of advice and options available,” Cr Heremaia said.

Job seekers can register their attendance at Logan Jobs Expo.


Tradie jobs showcased

Employers and job-seekers will be matched at a Logan City Council event next week.

The Tradie and Construction Jobs Expo is on at Logan Metro Sports and Events Centre on Thursday, September 8.

It will allow local firms to showcase training opportunities for those looking for trade certificates in automotive, construction, civil or wet trades.

Local businesses can also attract and recruit employees.

The expo is being delivered by the Mayor’s Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power encouraged people to attend the expo.

“If you are looking for a job in the construction industry, this event is for you,” he said.

“Demand for tradies is unprecedented at the moment, and if you want a job in high-vis, you will get one.”

The purpose of the Tradie and Construction Jobs Expo is to connect employers, registered training organisations and peak bodies with job-ready and job-willing individuals.

Economic Development Chair, Councillor Jon Raven, said the expo would help anyone looking to get a job in the trades.

“No matter what stage of your career you’re at, come along and learn what you can do right now to start or progress your journey as a tradie,” Cr Raven said.

The Mayor’s Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce, launched in November last year, has already put more than 100 people into work locally.

Unemployment across the city has shrunk to 7.7 per cent over the past two quarters, while the annual labour growth is the highest in the region at 8.1 per cent.

The event is being hosted by the Logan Office of Economic Development.

Mayor’s Taskforce delivers jobs

A taskforce led by City of Logan Mayor Darren Power is kicking goals with job seekers and businesses.

The Mayor’s Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce has already put more than 100 people into work locally.

Launched in November last year, the taskforce aims to reduce unemployment in the city.

That figure has shrunk in the past two quarters to 7.7 per cent, while the annual labour force growth is up to 8.1 per cent – the highest in the region.

The Mayor said his program was making an important difference.

“I’m proud to say the taskforce is achieving some great outcomes for local job seekers and businesses,” Cr Power said.

“It’s putting local people into work, while filling vacancies and easing the burden on employers.

“More than 100 people being placed in work is a great outcome.”

The taskforce has established a network that links businesses and job seekers with employment service providers as well as training and youth organisations.

The website also helps businesses find the right staff.

Meadowbrook plumbing supplier Aquaknect has filled five processing positions thanks to the taskforce, which introduced them to local employment services.

Mayor Darren Power meets Aquaknect General Manager Michael Glover and employee Brendan Churchill.

General manager Michael Glover said the Mayor’s taskforce was a huge help for his business, which was struggling to fill vacancies.

“The taskforce has been sensational, relieving a lot of the pressure for us in finding new and suitable staff,” Mr Glover said.

“It’s been hard trying to get people. They come and then they disappear, or they don’t turn up to begin with.

“With, we picked one new employee up right away. Others came on board soon after.”

The taskforce also stepped in to help Securelux ease the production pressure at its Loganholme factory.

The company, which makes security screens and doors, was short staffed.

The taskforce introduced the firm to local training groups to help fill three vacancies.

Munster Services Group, at Slacks Creek, also placed two young workers into trade apprenticeships thanks to the taskforce, while Meadowbrook company Black Label Blending filled three food processing positions.

Beenleigh firm Residential Scaffold had 23 referrals to a ‘try a trade’ session organised by the taskforce.

The taskforce aims to increase engagement with local schools to further reduce local unemployment.

There are also plans to monitor job vacancies and work with job seekers to apply.

City of Logan businesses that are struggling to find staff can contact the taskforce by emailing