Career fair to boost labor attraction in a thriving industry

The Protein Jobs Fair will provide young school leavers, students and job seekers the opportunity to connect directly with employers to discover opportunities and career paths in the animal agriculture industry.

The event, which returns for a second year, will feature an employer expo, panel discussions, interactive presentations and networking sessions with industry professionals.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the Protein Jobs Fair provides a great opportunity to attract and retain skilled workers to the Western Downs and fill industry gaps to further develop the region’s renowned agricultural industry.

“The scale and growth of the protein sector in the Western Downs is staggering: 42% of national feedlot capacity is located within 200 kilometers of Dalby. Demand for products is increasing, but businesses need an increase in the workforce to keep pace with growth. The Protein Jobs Fair aims to bridge the gap by connecting job seekers directly with employers,” he says.

“The Western Downs is a recognized leader in agribusiness, and the agriculture industry is our second largest employer. The Council is always keen to explore new opportunities to grow the sector and support this pillar of our strong and diverse economy.

The Council will organize this event in our region with the support of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) and their extensive network.

TSBE General Manager for TSBE FLA, Justin Heaven, said the job fair leverages industry collaboration to showcase some of the incredible career opportunities in the protein sector today and in the future. the future.

“Our hope is to better inform our younger generations and university students about the range of jobs available in the protein sector,” Mr. Heaven said.

Mayor McVeigh said leveraging the strong relationship with TSBE opens this event to an even wider audience.

“This event provides a unique opportunity to engage both early career workers and industry professionals, while showcasing our high quality of life, strong economy, quality lifestyle and the people who make our region so desirable.

“The range of careers available in the livestock industry is immense. Everything from production, management, animal science and food processing, to sales, marketing and research will be represented at the Protein Jobs Fair.

“I encourage anyone looking for a career opportunity or a career change to attend and experience what this diverse and growing industry has to offer.

The Protein Jobs Fair will be held at the Dalby Events Center on Wednesday, August 31. School sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. before a public session from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The full program for the day can be viewed online at

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Keith P. Plain