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Council to continue to lobby for jobs in our region

12 June 2019

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has gained a federal government grant to better target workforce development projects across the region.

“Our feedback indicates improving co-ordination between business, training and education organisations, Job Active providers, Jobs Queensland and the Regional Employment Trails co-ordinator will benefit the region,” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

“The grant will predominantly pay for a Workforce Development Co-ordinator to be employed by Council to improve that co-ordination. 

“The program is aimed at youth and mature jobseekers as well as skills development and support for businesses, especially young managers and business owners.

“By helping businesses succeed, the more jobs are created across the region.

“Council is determined to build better communities by ensuring we have a strong, resilient and diversified economy, and programs like this will help us to achieve that vision.”

Council has undertaken extensive industry consultation, gained feedback from high school teachers and will tap into the Jobs Queensland Fraser Coast Workforce Blueprint 2018.

“A large part of the program is linking unemployed with businesses as well as encouraging further training and skills development, especially through work experience and use of mentors,” he said.

“Feedback from businesses indicates there is a gap in job readiness among jobseekers in the region.

“Employers are reluctant to hire customer service staff that have no recent work experience or lack referees.

“There are also a large number of jobseekers who appear job-ready but lack communication and interpersonal skills needed for customer service roles.”

Council has commenced advertising to fill the Workforce Development Co-ordinator position.

Head to Council's website to stay abreast of positions available at Council.