QLD Government hopes booklet can solve youth unemployment

A NEW booklet launched today at Rockhampton State High School hopes to give Queensland jobseekers a competitive edge.

Education Minister Kate Jones and Training and Skills Minister Yvette D'Ath told students the Be Work Smart publication would help them "get the right job and keep it".

Ms Jones said the Department of Education and Training publication was already in strong demand among Queensland schools.

"This is a workbook which can help students unlock the door to employment, whether that be a part-time job while they complete studies, an application for an apprenticeship or a first step into the full-time workplace," she said.

"Be Work Smart was developed in consultation with employers, training providers and schools to improve the job-readiness of applicants in response to employer feedback.

"Every job we apply for is an exam of a kind, and studying Be Work Smart gives the jobseeker the knowledge needed to top the test.

"Of course nothing can guarantee job application success, but working through this booklet will give every jobseeker the tools to put their best foot forward."

Ms D'Ath said the Fitzroy region, which takes in Rockhampton and Gladstone, was one of only five of Queensland's 19 statistical divisions to have enjoyed both a rise in employment, up 2.6 per cent, and a fall in unemployment, down 0.3 per cent, in April.

"Unemployment in the region is 5.8 per cent, compared with the Queensland average of 6.5 per cent," Ms D'Ath said.

"The participation rate, that is the number of people aged 15 and over in the workforce - either employed or seeking work - is also among Queensland's strongest and is up 0.7 per cent in April to 69.7 per cent.

"This data makes for a comparatively competitive jobs market, and underlines the value of a publication like Be Work Smart for individual job applicants looking to present themselves with a 'job-ready' edge.

"The booklet is being distributed to schools subject to availability, and is available to download and print or work through online here.

"Its value isn't just to schools. Anyone looking to gain employment can benefit from working their way through this excellent publication."

Rockhampton State High School Principal Kirsten Dwyer said Be Work Smart would be used as a classroom resource in the school's senior grades.

"It will also be an essential tool for our guidance officer, teachers and transition officers who will be able to refer students to it when they come in seeking careers advice," Ms Dwyer said.

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