Finding a job on the Sunshine Coast just got a whole lot easier with Mayor Mark Jamieson and over 100 of the Coast’s most prominent business people celebrating the launch of a dedicated local employment website, JobsontheCoast.com.au at TAFE Queensland East Coast last week.
Regional Development Manager for JobsontheCoast.com.au Anthony Dow said the site aimed to tackle unemployment in the region by quickly and cost-effectively connecting jobseekers and employers.
“We are confident our website will become the definitive jobs and careers resource for the region thanks to the option of free job advertisements and ease of use for jobseekers,” said Mr Dow, former Economic Services Manager at the Sunshine Coast Council.
“JobsontheCoast.com.au, in some ways, works much like other online jobs board enabling employers and recruitment agencies to advertise their vacancies; and jobseekers to create an online ‘profile’ with the option to be notified of appropriate jobs as they appear online. The difference is, it’s 100 per cent about local jobs being easy to access in one central location and it offers free job ads for local business, as well as economical ‘featured job ads’ and employer branding packages. This is unlike many national jobs websites which make it hard for small businesses to get on board.”
The JobsontheCoast.com.au Sunshine Coast launch follows the great success of the website’s dedicated regional sites for the NSW Central Coast which launched in 2011 and in the Newcastle/Hunter region, launched less than 12 months later.
Tim O’Brien, JobsontheCoast.com.au founder believes the Sunshine Coast fits the website’s profile perfectly and said the support received locally for the launch was overwhelming.
“We are delighted to have significant stakeholders such as TAFE Queensland East Coast and The Work Shop come on board as major partners so early on in the piece and we are in negotiations with a number of other potential partners looking to support the site,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Our partners down in New South Wales have reaped the benefits of supporting the local jobs board which is why the business model has been successful and we have sustained long-term relationships with our partners since the launch of the website.”
Leeza Boyce, General Manager at TAFE Queensland East Coast (the new identity of combined institutes, Sunshine and Wide Bay TAFE) believes having JobsontheCoast.com.au launch in the region is a major coup for local jobseekers.
“Many of our graduates find it hard to keep up with the jobs available locally and are aware that many jobs get filled via word-of-mouth due to advertising of positions being expensive and time consuming,” Ms Boyce said.
“The risk is that many jobseekers, particularly the younger ones, then leave the region to go to Brisbane or other major metropolitan areas in the search for employment. We are therefore very supportive of JobsontheCoast.com.au offering a free centralised regional jobs board in order to maximise exposure for local jobs to help retain our skills and our youth within the Sunshine Coast region. It’s a very innovative approach to achieve the outcome we’re all looking for – more local people in local jobs.”
The Work Shop Employment Manager, Ed McShea said partnering with jobsonthecoast.com.auwas a great opportunity for The Work Shop (TWS).
“Being a major partner alongside the TAFE Queensland East Coast demonstrates regional collaboration, which is important given the regional partnerships that currently support TWS. It will also assist in promoting TWS to a wider audience of local jobseekers who are interested in a career in construction,” Mr McShea said.
Mayor Mark Jamieson who spoke at the breakfast launch said he supported all worthwhile means to assist local people into employment.
“One of the questions I am most frequently asked by residents is ‘Why do my children have to leave the Sunshine Coast to get quality education and employment?’” Mr Jamieson said.
“I am determined to ensure our economy becomes more sustainable, delivering more jobs for our community – and I support all organisations who can lend a hand in that endeavour.”
A limited number of partnership opportunities still exist for those businesses looking to have a presence on the website – for more information please contact Anthony Dow on 0400 435 332.