Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was one of the many drawcards at the Liverpool Jobs and Skills Expo on Thursday (March 7).
By the time Ms Gillard arrived at about 11am, 2000 job seekers had already walked through the doors of the Whitlam Leisure Centre. Another 3,080 had visited by the end of the day.
Ms Gillard announced her plans to create more jobs in the area with a focus to make Greater Western Sydney one of the locations of a $1.5 million innovation hub.
‘‘We want to make jobs here so not everyone has to get on the roads and lose precious time with their families,’’ she said.
Winner of the 2012 Trainee for the Year David Failla gave an inspirational talk about his rise in just over five years to a KFC Restaurant general manager.
More than 370 people seeking work linked to jobs because of the expo and more than 1027 full-time and part-time job opportunities were on offer.
Delivery driver, painter, dental assistant and crane operator were among the employment opportunities posted on the jobs board.
The 88 exhibitors took 1562 resumes and will be conducting interviews with job seekers in the near future.
Exhibitors included the South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, NBN Co, Fieldforce Security and Taxi College.