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Community & Business

13 July, 2022

New employment provider in Oakey

Local job seekers now have a new provider of employment services on Campbell Street, Oakey.

AimBig Employment opened on 1st July and also opened centres across the Toowoomba Region, including in Chinchilla, Crows Nest, Dalby, Gatton, Miles and Roma.

CEO Tracy McClenaghan said the organisation will work jointly with individuals who require additional support to find sustainable employment, which reduces their risk of becoming or remaining long-term unemployed.

“The core of our service is to improve the lives of the people around us, whether this is helping people overcome barriers to employment, liaising with employers to recruit them talented individuals,” she said.

“We look forward to working with the local communities to create opportunities for success.”

AimBig falls under the umbrella of Workforce Australia and is the new approach for increasing employment and skills services by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. 

It will replace jobactive on July 1 and centres on helping Australians to find and keep a job, or create their own job.   

 Job seekers who are eligible for AimBig Employment’s specialised services will be referred through Centrelink.

Ms McClenaghan says there is a great need for employment support in the Darling Downs region.

“The broader Toowoomba region has a higher-than-average unemployment rate and [faces] challenges with critical shortages of labour. 

“Our focus will be on supporting job seekers to be job ready. 

“This may include obtaining relevant licences or checks or completing short training courses.

“We see great opportunities for employ-ment in retail, agriculture, grain manufacturing, aged care, cleaning, mining, abattoirs, sustainable energy, and construction.

“There are also Indigenous specified roles within various companies and we will also work closely with resettled refugee communities.”

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