Former Origin Greats (FOGS) is shining the spotlight on Indigenous employment this week, holding its last career expo of the year in Toowoomba today (October 18).
Federal minister for Indigenous employment and economic development Julie Collins said the Toowoomba Indigenous Employment and Career Expo is an opportunity for young Indigenous Queenslanders to explore career pathways by meeting employers and training providers.
Origin legends Allan Langer, Colin Scott, Gary Belcher, Tony Currie, Steve Price and Michael Hancock will be present at the expo to offer advice and information to job seekers.
“This is the seventh and last FOGS expo of the year, but the origin legends will be back next year with continued funding from the Australian government,” Ms Collins told Invest in Australia.
“Like all the previous expos this year, there’s been an overwhelming response from the local business community to the Toowoomba event.”
More than 35 exhibitors will take part in the expo, with upwards of 900 Indigenous school leavers and job seekers expected to attend the event.
“The aim is to link up local people with local jobs and I’m sure the expo will deliver good outcomes and opportunities for the Toowoomba community,” Ms Collins added.
Previous FOGS employment expos have had positive results within the local community, with more than 70 people launched into employment and training programs on average.