Roadshow explores workforce options

Woman speaking at indoor event

A Great Southern Workforce Development Roadshow recently explored ways to support regional businesses facing staff recruitment challenges. We presented the roadshow in Katanning, Albany and Mount Barker, drawing 35 employer representatives from a wide range of industry sectors, including hospitality and care services, meat processing, forestry, civil engineering, viticulture and haulage.

GSDC Regional Development Officer Kylie Sullivan led the delivery of the roadshow and invited participants to identify major issues affecting their recruitment outcomes.

Housing availability and access to training were high on the list. Attendees reported running on reduced hours or shorter weeks because of workforce issues. Business operators expressed interest in ways to attract migrants to the region as low-skilled and skilled workers.

Department of Home Affairs representative Steve Lanyi informed the groups of the range of regional and skilled visa types. Mr Lanyi invited businesses to visit the VEVO website, a Home Affairs portal to check visa entitlement verification.

South Regional TAFE provided information about international students and new State Government funding to attract them to the regions. The Government’s package includes accommodation, a job, training and incentive payment. Provision of accommodation will be centred on home stay and student housing.

The roadshow also noted improvements to the westernaustralia.jobs board, following initial teething problems. Before the roadshow, only one Great Southern business was using the site but subsequently more employers have listed jobs in the region.

Photo: Regional Development Officer Kylie Sullivan leads discussion at the Great Southern Workforce Development Roadshow.

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