TRAVEL magazine, Australian Traveller, has released a new list of the 100 most incredible experiences in Australia, and the a Sunshine Coast attraction has earned a spot.

The Woodford Folk Festival has been named one of the top experiences in Queensland.

Among the top experiences for the Sunshine State were snorkeling among the shipwrecks at Moreton Island, trecking the Fraser Island Great Walk, and heading to the outback for the Birdsville races.
QLD Top Experiences:
•         Snorkel Among Shipwrecks – Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island
•         Public Space Perfected – Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
•         Walk Under Ancient Canopies – Mossman Gorge
•         Tropical Fruit Picking – Rusty’s Markets, Cairns
•         Ride on the Wild Side – Motorcycle from Cairns to Cape York Peninsula
•         Isle of Wonder – Great Walk, Fraser Island
•         Roll Along the Desert Tracks – Simpson Desert
•         Get Stranded (by choice) on a Remote Island – Haggerstone Island
•         Make like a Bond Villain – Alkira, Cape Tribulation
•         Sail Away – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
•         Join an Outback Institution – Birdsville Races
•         Get Folked – Woodford Folk Festival
•         Holiday Gold – the Gold Coast
•         A Secret Paradise – Lawn Hill Gorge
•         Go with the Flow – Undara Lava Tubes

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FINDING cafe work is easy for barista Nikki Watts, which is why she has stuck with “hospo” since her first job at age 16.

“I’ve been in hospitality and retail my whole life,” she said.

“I’m trying to get into other areas but really, the easiest areas to get jobs are hospitality, so I’ve just stuck with that.”

The 25-year-old now works at Solbar and while she hopes to one day work in health, she was yesterday content to stay at the popular Ocean St venue.

Ms Watts is part of a generation of Sunshine Coast youth for whom job prospects are brighter, according to anti-poverty organisation the Brotherhood of St Laurence, which released its map of regional and rural youth unemployment “hotspots” yesterday.

Happily for local young people, the Sunshine Coast wasn’t on it.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence says young people continue to be at higher risk of unemployment than other age groups, with the statewide rate of 13.2% for 15 to 24-year-olds twice that overall rate of 6.1%.

The worst affected areas are in outback Queensland, but nearby Gympie, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg were also trouble spots, at 20.6%.

On the Sunshine Coast, youth unemployment is at 9.6% in December – down from 14.2% in November 2014 and 10.5% in October last year. While the Sunshine Coast’s youth unemployment problem seems to be diminishing, young people are still leaving the Coast in droves.

A report released by the Sunshine Coast Business Council yesterday shows that the overall number of people moving to the Sunshine Coast has doubled since 2011, but young people aged 18-24 continued to depart. Released ahead of the local council elections on Saturday, the report analysed employment data from the Noosa and Sunshine Coast Council areas over the previous local council term of three years.

SCBC chairwoman Sandy Zubrinich commended the councils for their part in improving the unemployment rate, but called for a review of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy and urged the new councils to make employment a priority.

The report shows that the industries highlighted in this Sunshine Coast Council strategy as key for the region’s future were not yet producing many jobs.

“A lot of people might have thought that employment growth is coming out of health or education, but we’ve found the growth has not been in those areas just yet,” she said.

Ms Zubrinich said the new Sunshine Coast mayors and councillors-elect should consider revisiting the Regional Economic Development Strategy, and include Noosa Regional Council in the discussion, as the issues “don’t stop at the LGA (local government area) borders”.

The report showed these high-value industries would in the future provide a large number of jobs but this had not taken shape yet.

“We’ve got to keep trying hard here,” Ms Zubrinich said. “That’s why we need to see strong leadership coming from council, because we all know that…we’re going to have a very tough 2016. So we do want to see opportunities taken.”

By Nikki Moffat, Sunshine Coast Daily


The release yesterday of the October employment figures comes amid a few months of doubts about their accuracy and value.
Nationally, unemployment rate has held steady at 6.2 per cent, with more than 24,000 jobs created last month.
September figures were revised after the Bureau of Statistics re-evaluated seasonal adjustment because of recent survey changes.
JobsOnTheCoast.com.au Founder Tim O’Brien says it’s time to develop more reliable and useful monthly jobs figures.
“When the Australian economy was booming, there wasn’t the same need for these figures as there is now because there was virtually full employment,” Mr O’Brien said.
“But, even then, there was talk of Australia’s multiple economies and how resource states had a different – better – economic profile than others.
“This situation exists as a regional level and we need strong, reliable data so regional economies can adjust and plan.”
Mr O’Brien said regions were encouraged to develop strategic plans for their economic and social progress, usually through state and local governments or agencies, and to optimise these strategies solid research data was needed.
After capital investment in a region, the level and nature of available jobs was the usual indicator of progress and success, he said.
“At JobsOnTheCoast we are looking for ways to collaborate with other relevant bodies and agencies to ensue that up-to-date and reliable data is available on the local regional employment landscape.”
Mr O’Brien said the value of a regional approach in service to the jobs market had been demonstrated by the success of the JobsOnTheCoast approach to regional employment development over the past three years, with hundreds of local jobs being advertised.
It now had websites in two NSW regions and one in Queensland.

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Click here to view the Sunshine Coast Weekly Update 18th August 2014

Here is this week’s video update from Tim O’Brien (Founder of JobsOnTheCoast.com.au) relating to the Sunshine Coast employment market.

We hope these updates will be of interest and benefit to local businesses and job seekers.  To view this week’s (approximately 70 second) video on our YouTube channel, simply click the following link …

Sunshine Coast Weekly Update – 18th August 2014

Click here to view the Sunshine Coast Weekly Update 11th August 2014

Tim O’Brien (Founder of JobsOnTheCoast.com.au) has released the first in a new series of personal weekly video updates relating to the Sunshine Coast employment market.

Distributed every Monday, we hope these updates will be of interest and benefit to local businesses and job seekers.  To view this week’s (approx 90 second) video on our new YouTube channel, simply click the following link …

Sunshine Coast Weekly Update – 11th August 2014

The introduction of a Work for the Dole scheme could be a leg-up into paid work that many long-term unemployed people need, says JobsOnTheCoast Founder Tim O’Brien.

Mr O’Brien started the JobsOnTheCoast.com.au website three years ago and it has since expanded to the Hunter-Newcastle and Queensland Sunshine Coast areas.

The site published over 6,000 jobs last year and is a prime site for jobseekers and hirers in the three locations.

Mr O’Brien said as the job market tightens and there are more qualifications for benefits, jobseekers need to show as much commitment as they can, and this is one way they can do that.

Long-term joblessness does not allow a job applicant to show they have the will and the discipline for a position for which he or she has applied.

“As a consequence, employers go for someone who has a job or who has had one until recently because they expect that applicant to be more job-ready,” he said.

“A work for the dole scheme can show the willingness and discipline to a person or business with a job vacancy.”

There has been some negative reaction to the re-introduction of Work for the Dole since it was announced earlier in the year and any scheme can only be as good as its program and administration, he said.

“For unemployed individuals, it can offer opportunity that’s not available any other way except for volunteering,” he said

Mr O’Brien is also a member of a local volunteering association that recruits and manages volunteers, as well as promotes best practices in volunteering.

“Volunteering offers a similar chance to demonstrate a person is prepared to turn up on time, make an effort and take on responsibilities – all valuable qualities to be able to demonstrate when looking for work,” he said.

There was also the important benefit of feeling that the person was making a contribution to society and large and his or her community in particular.

“It shouldn’t be underestimated what that sense of worth and the confidence it instills is worth when going for a job,” he said.

The federal government announced it was re-introducing the Work for the Dole scheme initially as a pilot in a handful of regions from July this year, with full roll out scheduled for 1 July 2015.

The Work Shop, the Sunshine Coast’s employment hub based at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, has become a major business partner for a new on-line jobs website.

JobsOnTheCoast.com.au is a jobs website designed specifically to meet the recruitment needs for specific locations.

Similar websites have been operating on the NSW Central Coast and in the Newcastle-Hunter region for almost three years.

Sunshine Coast regional manager Anthony Dow said the relationship between JobsOnTheCoast and The Work Shop was a natural fit.

“The Work Shop does much in a physical sense that JobsOnTheCoast.com.au does in a virtual sense,” Mr Dow said.

“Both organisations are committed to local jobs through effective recruitment, with the obvious result of regional development and prosperity.”

JobsOnTheCoast.com.au operates in two virtual realms; one through which a range of jobs advertisements can be placed or bought and self-managed by the advertiser and the other, called SkillsOnTheCoast.com.au, on which jobseekers can post resumés to be viewed by potential employers.

The Work Shop is an employment hub on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital campus and it provides a tailored recruitment service for SCPUH contractors and a one-stop shop for jobseekers wanting to work onsite.

For more information, contact Anthony Dow by email at anthony.dow@jobsonthecoast.com.au or by phone on 0400 435 332.

Over the five years to 2014, the Sunshine Coast has demonstrated strong employment growth (19,700 jobs), according to the latest Department of Employment Labour Force Survey.

Ivan Neville, Branch Manager at the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch, presented the key findings for the Caboolture-Sunshine Coast Priority Employment Area (PEA), which showed an increase in recruitment activity and expectations of future recruitment were encouraging.

The largest employing industries were retail (14 per cent), health care and social assistance (15 per cent) and construction (11 per cent).

Speaking at the PEA Breakfast Wrap on 17 June, Mr Neville shared the results of the latest business and employer surveys for the two regions.

More than 60 people attended the breakfast to celebrate the achievements and outcomes of the Local Employment Coordinator and PEA initiative, which comes to an end on 30 June. Over the last three years, the initiative has delivered more than 30 projects and activities.

Click here to view Ivan Neville’s presentation: Labour Force Survey 2014

It was all good news for jobseekers on the Sunshine Coast today with the launch of a new local careers website and the announcement of a job seekers event, helping those looking for work on the Coast get access to the hundreds of jobs on offer in the region.

The first was the call for jobseekers to attend next week’s Jobs and Skills Market being hosted as part of the Sunshine Coast Business Expo, for the opportunity to meet potential employers, be interviewed and possibly walk away with a job.

Local Employment Coordinator Kris McCue said with the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicating the Sunshine Coast’s unemployment rate currently sits at 7.8 per cent, the Jobs and Skills Market would come as a welcome relief for those seeking employment in the region

“The main purpose of the Jobs and Skills Market is to unlock the hidden jobs market which so often sees jobs being filled through word-of-mouth rather than being advertised more widely,” Mr McCue said.

“We expect between 500-1,000 local job seekers will present themselves and their resumes to around 40 employers and agencies that have positions vacant and we hope a good percentage of the positions available will be filled or at least have a shortlist of applicants by the end of the event.”

“There are a range of jobs on offer across a broad range of industries so whether you are highly skilled or lack formal qualifications we expect there will be jobs that suit your needs.”

Exhibitors participating in the Jobs and Skills Market include Acclaim Apprentices & Trainees, Defence Force Recruiting, Youi as well as The Work Shop (TWS) — the local construction employment and skills hub for the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital.

And if having access to over 200 jobs in one sitting isn’t music to the ears of jobseekers, this morning’s official launch of a  dedicated local jobs and careers website, JobsontheCoast.com.au Sunshine Coast certainly will be.

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, which was attended by Mayor Mark Jamieson and around 100 local business people, 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.au was 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 collaboration of funding partners 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 this morning 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.

For those looking to list or apply for vacant positions, please visit www.jobsonthecoast.com.au and for more information on the Jobs and Skills Market please visit www.scbizexpo.org.au/jobs-skills-market.