John Howe and his horse Mrs Robinson get ready for the Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo today.
John Howe and his horse Mrs Robinson get ready for the Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo today. Sharyn O'Neill

Ideas right from the horse's mouth

JOHN Howe will today be showing job seekers how it’s done when it comes to horses and safety.

The horse and cattle instructor from the Australian Agricultural College’s Blackwater campus will demonstrate horse safety as part of the largest ever Rockhampton Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo.

Now in its third year, the Expo will see 50 prominent Queensland employment, education and training providers exhibit employment and training opportunities.

The event is expected to attract more than 1500 Indigenous job seekers and school leavers from Rockhampton and surrounding areas.

And to entice more, a host of former and current Origin greats including Sam Backo, Gary Belcher, Allan Langer, Steve Walters, Colin Scott, Ashley Harrison, Steve Price and Steve Bell will attend to encourage Indigenous job seekers and students to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

John said it’s the visual aspect that can really help kids get an idea for what they’re looking for.

“This gives them a chance to see how it works because things like this weren’t always available, and there are a lot of opportunities in the cattle and horse industry,” John said.

“No one is born doing this sort of thing, so it’s really open to anyone who is interested and has determination.”

But while John is outside demonstrating, attendees will also get the opportunity to look around the 55 exhibitors in many different sectors including education, employment, government and health, construction, mining, energy and corporate and business.

 

EXPO INFO

  • WHAT: Former Origin Greats (FOGS) Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo
  • WHEN: Today from 9am to 2pm
  • WHERE: Rockhampton Showgrounds
  • FOR: Indigenous jobseekers and school leavers from Rockhampton and surrounding areas.

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