Our national, regional and local employer solutions
Job Futures National Employer Servicing Unit:
- Manage Hit The Ground Running a program which will build agreements with large employers and work with providers and recruitment companies to meet national employer needs;
- Create opportunities for job seekers by building relationships with large employers across multiple regions;
- Lead discussions with national employers and employer organisations regarding workforce needs;
- Celebrate employers through Employer Recognition programs and Annual Awards; and,
- Educate employers about labor mobility strategies, the use of new wage subsidies and employment programs.
Regional Strategy Specialists:
- Work with all industry skills councils and chambers of commerce to identify large developments and infrastructure projects that offer high volume employment opportunities in each region; and,
- Build and manage new relationships with Job Futures members in their regions to ensure regional and local employers needs are being met.
Local Employer Strategy - Industry Connections Unit:
- Workforce Solutions Consultants work with employers and industry to understand the businesses and staffing needs in their local area; and,
- Workplace Trainers, who run training and industry tasters for job seekers in areas of need. These areas are informed by the Workforce Solutions Consultants.
Working with gas producer QGC
BUSY At Work and QGC Pty Ltd have created the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program. This will develop a local labour force in non-coal seam gas industries in the Western Downs, Gladstone, North Burnett and Banana Shire regions of Queensland.
The program will contribute to creating sustainable communities, attracting 200 apprentices and trainees.
Participation in the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program is free for businesses within the Western Downs, Gladstone, North Burnett and Banana Shire regions. The program will match local businesses with the right apprentice or trainee and then provide a structured mentoring program to support the participant to complete their qualification. The program will complement existing Federal Government incentives available.
Wilmar wins the National Employer Partnership Award
Michelle Reynolds, HR co-ordinator for Victoria Mill, said Job Futures intrinsic knowledge of the sugar industry and Victoria Mill operations made it possible for Wilmar to maximise opportunities for local job seekers.
Wilmar's Victoria Mill has been recognised for their efforts to build career opportunities for the unemployed in the Ingham region of Queensland, being named as the inaugural recipient of the National Employer Partnership Award at the 2014 Job Futures National Conference.
"As one of the most significant employers in the region, Wilmar has shown a genuine commitment to help change lives through employment in Ingham," Job Futures CEO, Matt Little, said. "They were a clear standout to be this year's award recipient."
The national employer partnership award recognises a business that is proactive in reducing local disadvantage by providing sustainable employment opportunities for the long-term unemployed. It also takes into account local Job Futures members who individualise their employment solutions to meet the recruitment expectations of business.
"It's a partnership that works because Job Futures understands the type of roles we have at Wilmar, the skills required for each role, as well as the personal attributes that ensure they thrive as an employee with us," HR co-ordinator for Victoria Mill, Michelle Reynolds, said.
Local partnerships achieve results through Work for the Dole
Work Experience Co-ordinator Patrick Taylor talks about his experience regenerating the river banks of the Burnett River.
After the floods in February 2013 devastated local farms and businesses along the Burnett River, many areas were left stripped of trees and top soil. Something needed to be done to repair and strengthen the Burnett River banks.
Job Futures member Community Solutions partnered with the Burnett Mary River Group and Burnett Catchment Care Association to create a Work for the Dole Community Action Group. The project also collaborated with other local JSA providers to ensure sufficient participants.
This was the first time an activity had been undertaken with the aim of drawing on all local JSA providers and has received full support from the Department of Employment. This project includes the repair and re-vegetation of 20 sites along the Burnett River. Already four participants have been offered ongoing employment.
Work experience teams and how they change lives
Job Futures members across Australia have partnered with 1,572 host organisations to deliver work experience activities. (Source: AM001 JSA Activity Management 31/08/14).
The Work Experience Co-ordinator at IMPACT explains the value of the program in changing lives.
Job Futures member IMPACT is a recognised best practice provider of Work Experience (WEX). Located in Bundaberg Queensland the organisation provides helping hands to local organisations to get jobs done - especially where specific skills are needed.
IMPACT has taken more than 500 participants through the program in the last 12 months. Community jobs have included painting, paving, environmental weed eradication, building new gardens, fencing and concreting. Work Experience co-ordinator Sandra Zielke believes "it's not just practical skills they learn on the job - I've seen some amazing transformations in confidence, commitment and team work."
IMPACT works effectively with job seekers in the Work Experience Phase (14.6% of their caseload are in this phase) with a focus on spring boarding from the activity into employment. Since the start of the contract they have placed 8,739 job seekers in work experience into employment, education and NEIS. IMPACT have claimed 2,489 paid placements and achieved 4,114 13 week outcomes and 2,338 26 week outcomes. (Sub 37 and ACM11 31/7/2014).