AMES Australia hosted the events, covering the North West Melbourne, and South Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula employment regions. Each expo gave employers the chance to meet job-ready candidates in those areas.
Just over 500 people attended the North West expo, with 38 local employers showcasing their businesses and discussing vacancies with people looking for work opportunities. In the South East, just over 200 people looking for work and 21 employers attended the event.
AMES Industry and Client Manager Danielle Leforte was pleased by the interest from employers and people looking for jobs who attended the events.
‘It was great to engage with our existing employer networks but also build new relationships with more local employers,’ Danielle said.
The types of vacancies on offer included commercial cleaning, customer service, civil construction, warehouse, security and retail.
Members of the Australian Defence Force, Michael and Stella, were at a Melbourne jobs expo to provide ADF recruitment advice.
The expos allowed AMES Australia staff to engage with employers in a collective environment and highlighted the efforts of staff to match people looking for work to their local employment networks.
Some of the exhibitors at the North West Melbourne region expo included ALDI, Drake International, MEGT, Level Crossing Removal Authority, IPA/SERCO, Goodstart Early Learning and Hume City Council - which was offering internship opportunities.
Staff from Hume City Council also promoted Joblink, an online resource for employers and those seeking job opportunities. Joblink connects local residents with jobs in the Hume area and provides updates on all the latest vacancies.
Employers such as ALDI used the jobs expo as an opportunity to trial different recruitment methods. ALDI Area Manager Joseph Nock said most of their recruitment is currently done online. However, they created a vacancy specifically for the jobs expo and Joseph said this made it easy to find suitable candidates from those who attended on the day.
Feedback from employers was positive, with many indicating support for more of these types of events in the future.
AMES Australia have so far reported 48 job placements resulted directly from the Broadmeadows jobs expo.