Press Release – SFEH is LIVE!
17 March 2014
Western Australia’s First Purpose-Built Employment Hub Goes Live
Western Australia’s first purpose-built employment website, the Southern Forests Employment Hub has gone live (Sunday 16th March 2014) and is officially open for business.
The Southern Forests Employment Hub, developed through the AgriFood National Regional Initiatives, by the Manjimup Community Resource Centre, is a one-stop gateway for employment and training across the state’s south west region. The Hub will allow employers from all businesses across the region, easy access to exchange information on availability of jobs and their work requirements and allow job-seekers the ability to lodge their details and the type and duration of work they are looking for.
AgriFood National Regional Initiatives is an initiative of AgriFood Skills Australia in the Warren Blackwood region, which is focused on attracting, training up and retaining workers, improving the productivity of regional businesses and sustainability of regional communities.
According to Warren Blackwood AgriFood Skills Australia’s Regional Development Manager, Stephanie De Vaney the Hub is an exciting collaborative effort between AgriFood and the Manjimup Community Resource Centre.
“The Hub is the brain child of Ranui Donaldson, Manjimup Community Resource Centre Co-ordinator, borne out of a frustration over the lost employment opportunities due to a lack of connection between local employers and job- seekers. Ranui thought that enabling a website that was available to allow employers and job-seekers to communicate their workforce needs with each other made perfect sense. AgriFood was quick to realise its potential as a powerful tool in retaining workers and in supporting regional employment and businesses and so financially supported its development,” Ms De Vaney said.
Ranui Donaldson’s ambition is to see the Hub become the ‘must-go-to’ destination for all the region’s employment and training needs.
“The Hub has been designed to be a self-help service, where all local businesses and job seekers can regularly drop in, leave their employment needs and contact details and connect up with others.“
“We have at this early stage focused on meeting the employment demands of the region, the next stage is to canvass the training needs of the region and how we can service them. So the Hub will be a constantly evolving and continuously improving communication and service tool. But for it to be a success we need people to use it and feedback to us on how we can improve it and better meet the workforce needs of our region,” she said.
Ms Donaldson see’s the potential for the Hub to go state-wide if not national.
“The Southern Forests Employment Hub has the potential to be expanded, through the state-based network of Community Resource Centres, which understand the unique needs of their individual communities across the 109 regional communities they support across the State. The Hub has the power to become a major tool in capturing the training and workforce needs of regional Western Australia and a major tool in retaining workers in regional Western Australia,” Ms Donaldson said.
Please visit the Southern Forests Employment Hub at http://southernforestsemploymenthub.com.au/
For more information on the Southern Forests Employment Hub please contact:
Ranui Donaldson Manjimup CRC Coordinator P: 08 9777 2774
For more information on the AgriFood National Regional Initiatives please contact:
Stephanie De Vaney
ANRI Regional Development Manager – Warren Blackwood
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