- Tuesday 07 June 2016
“I want in!” That’s the overwhelming response to the Sweetest Job Campaign that is offering 6000+ ready-to-go jobs on strawberry farms across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Shire region.
Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said around two hundred job seekers attended today’s information session at Lake Kawana Community Centre and hundreds more had expressed interest.
“In a little over a week and a half since the Sweetest Job Campaign commenced, there’s been 1,429 jobseeker registrations via the website and around 400 people turned up to information sessions held yesterday in the Moreton Shire and today on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Robinson said.
“The information sessions were arranged in response to the overwhelming interest and it was fantastic to see so many job seekers on the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Shire taking up this opportunity to seek employment on local strawberry farms.
“The Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions represent 83% of the state’s strawberry production and strawberry growers in these regions will employ 6,000 to 8,000 pickers and packers at peak times between now and September.
“So the aim of the Sweetest Job campaign is to increase the number of local employees returning for work on strawberry farms each year rather than relying a backpacker ‘one season only’ workforce.
“By doing this we can reduce re-training costs and drive job creation within the local economy.”
Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with Moreton Bay Regional Council, Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay, Growcom, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association and the Food and Agribusiness Network to deliver The Sweetest Job campaign, a project powered by The JobShow.
Local Michele Bryant was among the job seekers at today’s Sunshine Coast information session and she said the prospect of working in the strawberry industry was extremely appealing.
“I had been commuting to Brisbane for work but I’m looking for a change of pace and to avoid that daily drive on the highway so the chance to find a job close to home and work outdoors in our magnificent climate is very appealing,” she said.
“The information session today was great and answered a lot of questions I had so I’m looking forward to possibly finding a job on a local farm in the very near future.”
Today’s event included opportunities for job seekers to meet strawberry farmers and learn about the types of roles available on strawberry farms. The Fair Work Australia Ombudsman also provided information about working and pay conditions and other fair work guidelines.
Queensland Strawberry Industry Development Officer Jennifer Rowling said there still plenty of job opportunities ripe for the picking in the Sweetest Job campaign.
“The response from job seekers via the website and at the information sessions yesterday and today has been fantastic,” she said.
“There are still thousands of jobs to fill on strawberry farms across the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Shire so for job seekers who didn’t attend today’s information session or haven’t signed up yet on the website, it’s certainly not too late!” she said.
“We would love to see The Sweetest Job initiative raise awareness of the employment opportunities for locals in the strawberry industry and provide our growers with quality local employees who will hopefully become a returning workforce.”
The Sweetest Job campaign builds on the success of the ‘zero waste strawberry initiative’ and the Sunshine Coast Job Show in 2015, a key action of our Regional Economic Development Strategy that aims to increase employment and Agribusiness industry and investment plan.
To register your interest for a sweet job, visit www.thesweetestjob.com.au
Sweetest Job Campaign – by the numbers:
- Unique website hits: 5,177
- Website Registrations: 1,429
- Surveys completed: 711