Victoria’s Yarra Ranges Council has launched a free online employment ‘Joblink’ portal to connect jobseekers and employers in the region.
Yarra Ranges Mayor, Fiona McAllister said that building a team of reliable staff, with local knowledge and insights, was invaluable.
“Working closely with our business community, we know that local business can struggle to find enough staff. The disruptions and uncertainty brought on by the pandemic have only exacerbated these challenges,” she said.
“Our Economic Development and Investment teams are taking a more proactive move in the employment space – it’s a new role, but one we hope will support our local businesses.
“We hope the jobs portal plays a role in connecting our local business with the staff they need.
“There are so many benefits to working locally – in the Yarra Ranges, there’s more to it than just ease and convenience; this region is home to leading businesses across industries such as advanced manufacturing, construction agriculture and health care.”
She said the local hospitality and tourism industry offered employment into one of Victoria’s most exciting and vibrant visitor destinations.
“The Yarra Ranges are known as Melbourne’s playground for a reason,” Mayor McAllister said.
“From award winning wineries and gourmet dining experiences to iconic family businesses that have served the area for generations, there are so many opportunities to start, and grow, your hospitality career here.”
The Mayor said the Yarra Ranges was seeing a growth in dynamic new career opportunities across sectors, with more training and pathways into skills-shortage industries than ever before, including:
- Council is working in partnership with CIRE and Box Hill Institute to provide free mini-qualifications through the Hospitality Jump Start for Jobs program in response to industry skill shortages.
- Box Hill Institute is providing education opportunities leading into robotics, as well as industry-current apprenticeship training in wood, electrical, plumbing and automotive trades, at their state-of-the-art training facility in Lilydale.
- The associated Yarra Ranges Tech school also offers opportunities for our future workforce with leading-education programs using the latest technology in a real-world local context to students from the 20 partner schools operating across Yarra Ranges.
“The jobs portal allows the user to explore our trending industries, get an insight into the economic profile of the region and look into pathways into these careers,” she said.
“Yarra Ranges Joblink is ready to connect local employers with the staff they need and get jobseekers into the careers they’re looking for. It’s an exciting time to live and work in the Yarra Ranges.”