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Boost for Fraser Coast employment prospects

11 September 2019

Ulf Malmros from Bean Beat Expresso Bar, Sealink HR Co-ordinator Nicole Baker; job seeker Lachlan Donnelly; Fraser Coast Regional Council Workforce Development Co-ordinator Kerry Fullerton; Lauren Taylor from Max Employment; Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett Director Scott Rowe and student Taylah Parke at the launch of the Regional Employment Trials Program.

A new program aimed at improving the prospects of local residents being employed by local businesses was officially launched on the Fraser Coast today.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is partnering with the Australian Government to deliver the Regional Employment Trials Program, which recognises that some regions face challenges in terms of employment opportunities and growth.
The trial is limited to 10 regions across the country, with the Fraser Coast Regional Council receiving a federal grant to employ a Workforce Development Co-ordinator to deliver the program locally. 

“The program is outcome based,” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

“There has been a lot of feedback from Fraser Coast employers that they are not getting the right applicants; resumes are incomplete or covering letters do not address the selection criteria.

“The Workforce Development Co-ordinator will work with local Jobactive providers to tailor training packages based on industry feedback to better prepare jobseekers; and they will work with jobseekers to help them best present their qualifications.” 

While the program was launched on the Fraser Coast today, training programs have already started.

“We are starting with the tourism and retail industries because they are looking for suitable workers for the upcoming peak season,” Cr Seymour said.

“In October we will concentrate on the disability and community sectors and the automotive and construction industries in November.”

“The program will allow us to boost training, professional development and skills education opportunities that are aligned with regional priorities to support employment outcomes.

“While there are 39,968 workers on the Fraser Coast, unemployment sits at 8.7% and youth unemployment sits at 18.1%.

“This program will better tailor training to suit the jobs availability in our area, and the training needs of our job seekers.”

Jobseekers wishing to take part in the program can contact the Fraser Coast Workforce Development Coordinator Kerry Fullarton on 0436 929 854 for more information