Health Services Jobs Take Centre Stage
Crowds of interested students and career changers got to chat with local employers and services regarding new careers at the TAFE Health and Lifestyle Services Expo in Bundaberg on February 14.
Those interested had access to a wealth of information regarding a wide variety of options within the industry, with a range of stalls and guest speakers on hand to answer questions on everything from nursing and paramedics to disability and mental health support services.
The expo comes just months after a CSIRO report released by Jobs Queensland showed health care and social assistance to be the largest sector of the workforce in the Wide Bay region, employing over 1.5 million workers – a number that will only increase over the next few years.
Centre Director for Community Services, Health and Sport, Robyn Littlejohn said the expo was an effort to help the community make the most of these local employment opportunities.
“There is a huge demand for skilled and dedicated workers within the Wide Bay health industry. According to data published by the Department of Employment on the 2017 Labour Market Information Portal, the Wide Bay region’s healthcare and social assistance sector is set to grow by around 24.8 per cent over the next five years. This is great news as it means plenty of local jobs for our students,” said Ms Littlejohn.
“While a career in the health services industry might seem daunting to some, it’s an incredibly rewarding sector with a diverse range of paths available,” said Ms Littlejohn.
WorkAbility Qld presented at the expo to discuss the local job opportunities and highlight awareness that the Bundaberg area is predicted to have less than 40% of the workforce it would need when the NDIS fully rolls out.
Guest speakers for the day also included CEO of Community Lifestyle Support, Damien Tracey; and Senior HR Advisor for Friendly Society Private Hospital, Tanya McCombe.