Sunshine Coast Job Show returns!
  • Monday 15 August 2016

After helping more than 170 local people find jobs last year, the Sunshine Coast JobShow is aiming to help even more local people find employment opportunities in 2016.

The initiative is presented by Sunshine Coast Council and will be held on Wednesday, October 19 at the TAFE Queensland East Coast Campus.

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said it will be the largest one-stop shop of current and upcoming job vacancies on the Sunshine Coast and will bring together hundreds of available jobs from across the region in the one place on the one day.

“If you’re looking for a job, a different job or even your first job, the Sunshine Coast JobShow will bring together employers and prospective employees at the TAFE East Coast campus on October 19, with everything from entry level to professional jobs across a range of industries,” Cr Robinson said.

“The JobShow will also include workshops providing job-seekers with the knowledge, skills and contacts to maximise their employment chances and improve their job seeking skills.

“The Job Show supports the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) that aims to triple the size of our economy to $33 billion over the next 20 years and increase the number of jobs in our seven high value industries from 59,000 to 100,000.”

Registrations are now open for anyone who wants a job, a different job or a better job via the JobShow website

Business registrations are also open for local employers who want to exhibit at the event or list jobs during the campaign. 

Gourmet Garden human resources manager Rebecca Tindall said the multi-award winning Palmwoods-based company was excited to list a number of employment opportunities at the event. 

“Gourmet Garden is proud to contribute to the local economy by providing a range of roles at the Job Show, specifically in warehouse & logistics and manufacturing,” she said.

“We are keen to connect with experienced high reach forklift operators, enthusiastic manufacturing operatives and machine operators all looking for a long term employment security on the Sunshine Coast.”

The inaugural 2015 JobShow turned out to be a life-changing experience for 18-year old Louis Cadman, who secured a four-year plastering apprenticeship on the day through East Coast Apprenticeships.

“I’d been through a few jobs while I was at school at a pizza store, a shoe store, Bunnings and Kmart but that was all casual work and I needed something a bit more permanent because I’m getting older and I wanted to put my head down and do something with my life,” Louis said.

“I went to the Job Show with it in the back of my head that I could get a job out of this. I definitely thought an apprenticeship was going to be ‘me’ and I had some knowledge about plastering so I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did!”

More than 60 Sunshine Coast businesses and employment agencies exhibited at the inaugural JobShow and even more are expected to be involved in 2016, including Youi, Stellar, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services, Gourmet Garden, Indigenous Work Stars, East Coast Apprenticeships and Novotel Twin Waters.

Available jobs at the event will range from entry level to professional across a number of industries including retail, hospitality, health, professional services, management, tourism and IT.

This year’s JobShow will also include new features like the ‘Start Up Zone’ - offering services and assistance for entrepreneurs and people wanting to start their own business, and the ‘Skills Zone’ – that will connect people with opportunities to learn new skills that directly relate to available job opportunities. Entrepreneurs will also have the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of local experts for a chance to win a business startup package.

To find out more about the Sunshine Coast JobShow or to register for the event, visit