A warm welcome to the new operator at The Exchange
As our community continues to grow, importance is being placed on empowering our young people to take control of their career journey, providing support and guidance to connect them to local job opportunities.
Recently relocating to The Buzz at Yarrabilba (Powered by The Y), The Exchange welcomes a new friendly face to their dedicated team – Niu Fiu.
The Logan local is excited to work with the Yarrabilba community, creating career building blocks for young people to thrive in the workforce and facilitate better connections between employers and our people.
“I have been with The Y for the past five years and also bring to this new role, 10 years of youth and community experience,” said Niu.
“It’s exciting to be part of The Exchange team, providing a free local employment service to all Yarrabilba residents of working age. A big part of my role is to connect job seeker individuals with employers in the local area, ensure training is delivered locally and is tailored to specific vacancies in a wider range of industries including hospitality, construction, business, aged care and disability. The Exchange is also a resource that Yarrabilba’s Small Businesses and Home Based Businesses can tap into for guidance and support, whether they are established or just starting out.
“The Exchange also collaborates with partner schools to deliver school to work transition strategies and opportunities, provide assistance identifying local work experience and volunteering opportunities, facilitate access to accredited training courses to existing employers and candidates to assist the pathway to sustainable employment.”
Since its inception in December 2016, over 3,167 locals have been supported by The Exchange and over 1,229 job-seekers have been placed into local employment through its services.
The Exchange is a one stop shop supporting local jobs, skilling and enterprise in Yarrabilba. The Buzz at Yarrabilba is a central meeting place that supports community connection, learning, earning and innovation. It makes sense for The Exchange to find its new home here to best serve local residents. Community to me is like a puzzle, we are all pieces of a bigger picture uniting as one,” said Niu.
“I’m excited to supporting the Yarrabilba community and am passionate about being a positive role model that supports individual families in the community.”
Construction on The Buzz started in October 2021 with three separate buildings, known as Pods, making up the 6000 square metre precinct.
TAFE Queensland has leased Pod 3 with Council announcing in December 2022 the Y (part of the YMCA organisation) as the successful tenderer to operate Pods 1 and 2.
The facility, located between Yarrabilba State Secondary College and San Damiano College on Yarrabilba Dr, also features a dedicated youth space.
Programs and services from all tenants at The Buzz will be available soon.
To use the space, click here to submit an Expression of Use
For more information on The Exchange and its upcoming workshops click here