A recent ‘Connecting Futures’ Job Fair event in Parramatta was an ‘hour of power’ for employers, trainers and job seekers alike.
The Salvation Army Employment Plus Sydney Greater West region’s job fair in May attracted close to 200 job seekers and more than and 20 stakeholders, including potential employers, community groups and training organisations.
Regional Manager, Tracy Robinson, said the atmosphere was one of excitement and engagement, reflective of the strong effort put in by the Employment Plus team and its partners.
“The casual format provided a vibrant and productive environment with multiple interviews conducted on the day alongside presentations. Pleasingly, a number of potential employment opportunities are now coming to fruition.
“Such events provide us with valuable opportunities to network with employers, foster connections between different stakeholders and, of course, facilitate opportunities for our participants.
“It’s a short time commitment where all attendees can connect them over a light lunch to find either jobs or training – or staff or students. There’s benefits for all involved.”
Robinson says early feedback from stakeholders suggests they will be keen on attending future events, which will undoubtedly bring more positive outcomes.
“Thank you for the fruitful day, well organised and great results achieved. We had the chance to meet with many participants. Please allow me to say that it was one of the best organised events that I have attended with great results achieved.” – Employer.
“Signature Training Management would like to thank The Salvation Army Employment Plus for your hospitality and professionalism.” – Training partner.
“Thank you again for inviting ARC Training to be part of your Connecting Futures day held at the Church Street Auditorium (Paramatta). I must say that that may be one of the best days held by a provider that I have attended. The venue was perfect, spacious and well set up. The team really made it welcoming and engaging not just for the participants but also the partners involved. I really enjoyed being there and interacting with the staff and participants. It was also great to see some past students come and say hi.” – Training partner.
Surplus food from the lunch was donated to the Parramatta Corp’s community food bank.
“This highlights both the dedication we have to empowering our participants in their employment journey and also making a meaningful impact in the community,” she concludes.