NEW SKILLS: QAWN’s Michelle Templin visits yourtown’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants to talk about the work expectations of agriculture employers. Michelle is part of QAWN.
NEW SKILLS: QAWN’s Michelle Templin visits yourtown’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants to talk about the work expectations of agriculture employers. Michelle is part of QAWN. Contributed

Agriculture workforce ready and looking for employers

ACCESSING a secure supply of work-ready local workers has long been an issue for farmers.

Now, a new network of agriculture workforce officers across Queensland is assisting regional jobseekers to understand how to improve their capacity to work in agriculture.

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is an industry-led initiative funded by the Queensland Government.

The network’s Michelle Templin, project manager and south-east Queensland representative, recently visited yourtown’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants to talk about the work expectations of agriculture employers.

Yourtown (formerly BoysTown) is helping the group of five young men gain a qualification and a range of practical skills which they are hoping will get them a foot in the door to employment on horticulture farms.

The students are currently undertaking restoration work at the Haigh Street Quarry Reserve in Ipswich, while completing a Certificate l in Conservation and Land Management that includes competencies in work safety, treating weeds and planting, among others.

“The students are keen as mustard,” yourtown trainer Darrin Brushe said.

Mr Brushe is working with Rural Training Queensland, a division of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, to deliver the training.

“They are learning how to operate machinery and equipment such as skid loaders, and really have proved that they are willing to put in an effort to get the job done.

“Now all we need to do is to find employers in and around the greater Ipswich area, including Lowood, who would be willing to give them a go,” he said.

Student Josiah Murphy is hoping that the experience will build on his skills and knowledge and make him more employable.

“I’m doing this because I want to get work out of it. I have worked on a number of farms and it is what I like doing,” Mr Murphy said.

Growers who are keen to discuss the potential employment of any of these entry-level workers are encouraged to contact yourtown’s Senior Recruitment Consultant Renee Mann at rmann@yourtown.com.au or 0432 478 969.

The yourtown training is funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.


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