Growcom’s south east Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) officer is currently running a project in the Caboolture area assisting local people find sustainable employment in the horticulture industry. The project aims to provide opportunities for anyone wanting to participate in courses to enhance their skills and employment options within the industry.
The project has engaged a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to conduct a six-day training program including first aid certification. This program will assist applicants obtain the skills suitable to meet the needs of local growers, who have identified the difficulty in finding and retaining reliable local workers as among their main problems.
The focus of the project is to have a group of skilled workers available to assist the different growers throughout the year during their peak times. This will help reduce the need to retrain staff and prevent good local workers leaving the industry altogether, as they will have consistent employment opportunities throughout the year.
They have engaged local growers of strawberries, pineapples, passionfruit and wholesale nurseries to assist the project by offering employment at various times throughout the year,
The more growers participating, to increase the range of crops and therefore extend season durations, will help ensure the project is a great success.
If there are any growers in the Caboolture region who would like to be involved or would like to know more information, please contact Craig Dillon on 0499 833 868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.