Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Smith Workers See Hope

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Smith Workers See Hope

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Craig Warhurst

ALMOST 30 former staff of trailer manufacturer J Smith and Sons attended a job workshop at the Gympie RSL yesterday.

Energy Skills Australia's Barry Crook was one of the speakers at the event and told the workers of the jobs available in the energy sector.

He said while the coal industry paid good money it was fairly volatile and could be affected by peaks and troughs in the market.

Other energy sector jobs like gas and oil were a lot more stable with most companies having long-term contracts.

Mr Crook went on to tell workers the best way to get into the industry and the positives and negatives of working away from home.

Other speakers spoke about fly-in, fly-out work arrangements and government entitlements.

Former factory manager Edgar Brus was on hand and made sure as many past employees as possible knew about the event.

He said a lot of the men were "feeling lost" after losing their jobs when J Smith and Son shut its doors on Monday, November 25, but yesterday's event had given hope to many workers. …

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