Expo introduces refugees to regional job opportunities

Multiculturalism Minister John Sidoti with members of the Assyrian Resource Centre.
Multiculturalism Minister John Sidoti with members of the Assyrian Resource Centre.

Multiculturalism Minister John Sidoti said it is great to see regional NSW being presented as a "real opportunity" for migrants and refugees jobseekers in western Sydney.

Mr Sidoti attended Wednesday's Pathways to Employment Expo at Cabra-Vale Diggers which provided direct engagement between jobseekers, trainees and employers and education/training services.

The theme for this years event - hosted by the Fairfield Emerging Communities Action Partnership - was 'Take the L.E.A.P (Language, Education, Academic Pathways) into Employment' with workshops on resume writing, overseas qualifications and starting your own business.

Attendees walk through the regional stallholders section.

Attendees walk through the regional stallholders section.

The Expo also provided an opportunity for regional towns to promote themselves to job seekers and present information on incentives to support regional job relocation.

Mr Sidoti said that Temora, Leeton and the Greater Hume Shire were some of the regional areas who had stalls at the event. In total, there were almost 30 stalls that featured councils, not-for-profit organisations, support services and employment agencies.

Multicultural NSW CEO Joseph La Posta with Leeton mayor Paul Maytom.

Multicultural NSW CEO Joseph La Posta with Leeton mayor Paul Maytom.

"Many regional communities don't know how to start the conversation when it comes to attracting new arrivals. This is an opportunity to establish new connections and promote the fantastic lifestyle our regions in NSW have to offer to migrants and refugees," he said.

"Migrants and refugees have the skills, experience and entrepreneurial determination to contribute to our society. It's great to see regional NSW being presented as a real opportunity."

NSW Coordinator-General for Refugee Resettlement Peter Shergold said employment is one of the most "important ingredients" for successful refugee settlement outcomes.

Minister Sidoti speaking with community representatives from Temora.

Minister Sidoti speaking with community representatives from Temora.

"There are many regional communities across NSW eager to welcome refugees, and fill skills shortages at the same time," he said.

"Refugee settlement in regional NSW is a win-win; it can support economic growth, address labour shortages and reinvigorate economies."

The Expo, which was delivered in partnership with Multicultural NSW and the Commonwealth Department of Jobs and Small Industry, gave jobseekers the chance to meet employment and recruitment agencies and career advisers.