jobseekers at big w

Jobseekers get ready to start work at Big W


Jobseekers get ready to start work at Big W

20 April 2010
Article by Kim Cousins

Local jobseekers, a number of them indigenous, have been offered employment at the new Big W store.

Best Employment and Diversity Dimensions joined forces to deliver a series of three-day pre-employment
training courses aimed at people who need assistance in finding a job. So far six participants have gained employment with Big W, most of them indigenous. Leanne Cochrane started work with Big W last week and said the training had been a great help.

“The course helped a lot with resumes and interviews,” she said. “At the moment I’m helping the workers but when Big W opens I’ll have a night fill position.”

local job seekers holding the certificates awarded from a three day pre-employment training courses

"Over 500 people applied, we have employed 130 local people."

Leanne’s aunty, Elizabeth Connors, officially opened a presentation for the course participants on behalf of the
Yugumbal people.

“I’m very proud of Leanne and my nieces and nephews,” she said. “The course has really helped them.”

Big W store manger Colleen Kemp was amazed by the number and calibre of applicants.

“Over 500 people applied, we have employed 130 local people,” she said. “We were overwhelmed. The fixtures are going in at the moment, we’re hoping to be open by the end of June.”

Best Employment is planning to run another pre-employment training course later in the year.

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