Perth jobseekers express interest in employment opportunities in Geraldton during jobs fair

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The Geraldton Foreshore has been touted as one of Geraldton's best tourism assets.
Camera IconThe Geraldton Foreshore has been touted as one of Geraldton's best tourism assets. Credit: Mid West Times

More than 2000 jobseekers attended the Perth Jobs Fair last week, with many expressing interest in filling vacancies in Geraldton.

The Mid West Chamber of Commerce was at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre event last Tuesday to represent local businesses in search of staff.

Chamber chief executive Joanne Fabling said there were worker shortages in almost every industry across the Mid West, with the hospitality sector particularly affected by job vacancies.

“We could fill quite a number of roles in the hospitality sector right up to the chef and maitre D’ positions, and that has been a big gap for a long time,” she said,

Ms Fabling said businesses were not looking for fly-in, fly-out workers, and many jobseekers at the fair were interested in moving to Geraldton.

“Some were very Perth-based and relocation is not an option for everybody, but there was a really strong sense from a number of applicants that relocation was not an issue,” she said.

“It is about making people aware that with those skills that they have worked hard to attain at university, they can find themselves a role in Geraldton and the Mid West without potentially having to go FIFO.”

Ms Fabling said Geraldton was an ideal location to live and work.

“When you have an area that has 16 schools, a university centre, a TAFE, two hospitals, a lifestyle where you are not going to be stuck in traffic jams, an ever-increasing café scene and great climate, it is not hard to sell this lifestyle,” she said.

Local businesses will have the opportunity to reach more potential employers at a jobs fair being organised in early June by the Chamber and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

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