Businesses pledge 1100 new jobs for Ipswich
SHE'S been described as the Queen of jobs, the Madonna of jobs and even the Steve Jobs of jobs.
Sarina Russo opened Sarina Russo Job Access in Ipswich yesterday and hosted a 'jobs auction' where local businesses pledged to offer more than 1,100 new positions in a range of industries including construction, trade and hospitality.
"I've been dying to come to Ipswich. I love it," Ms Russo said.
"We've been trying for 36 years and the closest we've got before now is Inala.
"We must respect every job seeker in Ipswich. We must give them dignity and we must find the diamond within, that's my passion."
Since July 1 the group had unearthed 9000 job vacancies nation-wide as part of the Federal Government's 'jobactive' employment initiative.
Ms Russo couldn't hide her excitement when she reached her goal of 10,000 in the new Ipswich office.
"Wow, 1100 jobs, that's amazing," she said.
"This will ensure more job seekers are able to be placed and remain in employment and will help forge lasting collaborations between providers and employers."
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Former Labor Premier Peter Beattie attended the opening yesterday to show support for the jobactive initiative.
"It's about helping to facilitate links between jobseekers and employers," he said.
"Ipswich is continuing to grow and become one of the most dynamic parts of Queensland.
"We want everyone to know if you want a job, the place to go is Ipswich."
Ms Russo said both employers and jobseekers were invited to visit Sarina Russo Job Access at 113 Brisbane St at any time.