YOUNG people aged 16 to 30 and looking for employment or work experience are invited to attend a free Local Jobs Fair to learn about jobs in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

Delivered as part of the State Government’s Jobs Victoria Advocates program and organised by Whittlesea Community Connections, the fair will showcase a significant number of vacancies and training opportunities for job seekers from employers across the municipality.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the fair would be a great opportunity for people looking for work in sectors that had been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that the leisure and hospitality industries have been hit hard over the last few years through lockdowns and more recently through staff shortages and are now looking to bounce back stronger than ever,” she said.

“We’re excited to help local people find local jobs or work experience which in turn will support our local economy to continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic and this is a really creative partnership approach.”

Representatives from Mill Park Leisure, Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre, Whittlesea Swim, Belgravia Leisure and the Restaurant and Catering Association will be in attendance to share jobs and training opportunities.

Jobs Victoria advocates will also be on hand to answer questions and help job seekers with their applications, resumes or to connect them to local skills and training opportunities.

Examples of the jobs on offer through Belgravia Leisure’s ‘Simply the best summer jobs program’ include swim teacher and lifeguard, which also includes paid training and qualifications.

The Restaurant and Catering Association will be offering internships at hospitality businesses such as cafes, airlines, restaurants and catering companies through their PaTH Business Placement Partnerships, a program which provides hands-on training, support and mentors to young job seekers to help them gain employment in the hospitality industry.

The fair, at Mill Park Leisure on Thursday, will feature two sessions from 2pm to 3pm and 4.30pm to 5.30pm.For more information and to register, visit whittlesea.vic.gov.au/jobshelp.