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More sweet jobs ripe for the picking in 2017

The Sweetest Job campaign, which last year resulted in nearly 200 locals gaining work in the strawberry industry, has been expanded to deliver jobs in the wider Food and Agribusiness industry. The expansion follows investment by the Queensland Government under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Sunshine Coast Council is proud to again support The Sweetest Job initiative which is being led by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay in partnership with Growcom, the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association, the Food and Agribusiness Network, Moreton Bay Regional Council and local farmers and food processing operators.

Sunshine Coast Economic Development Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson said agribusiness injected $670 million into our local economy and was one of the seven high-value industries identified in the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy.

“The industry is vital to our local economy and it is incredibly important that we support our processors with a skilled and sustainable workforce,” Cr Robinson said.

“We saw some fantastic outcomes for strawberry growers following The Sweetest Job campaign in 2016 and 2017 will see more people employed, not just on farms, but across the agribusiness supply chain.

“The aim is to further increase the number of local people employed in seasonal work, and upskill 120 jobseekers in horticulture, logistics and food processing to meet demand for ongoing, skilled positions.

RDA Moreton Bay Chair Shane Newcombe said the new The Sweetest Job campaign and project aimed to take advantage of the wider employment opportunities available in the food and agribusiness sector and associated supply chain.

“Feedback from industry during the 2016 campaign told us that a project incorporating an industry skills component would be welcomed by local employers, particularly for meeting the need for entry-level skilled positions,” Mr Newcombe said.

“Thanks to Queensland Government investment and support from our partners, we have delivered on this with training in horticulture, logistics and food processing qualifications available for project participants.

“This is in addition to the seasonal picking and packing jobs on strawberry farms which will again be open to local Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay residents looking for work.

“For local growers, the additional Skilling Queenslanders for Work investment means there will be more resources behind the training, selection and screening of workers to ensure growers, food processing firms and other food and agribusiness employers to get the right people with the right skills.”

This year The Sweetest Job will again connect with local community organisations, Centrelink and job active clients, and other employment services providers to open up job opportunities to people who are struggling to find work.

In addition to the accredited training, there will be comprehensive support provided to help people overcome personal and work-related challenges

“Sunshine Coast Council is very pleased to be supporting this project by providing resources to support the training and development of project participants so they gain the skills local employers need,” Cr Robinson said.

Food and Agribusiness Network General Manager Emma Greenhatch said the expansion of The Sweetest Job campaign would be a great opportunity for food processing companies and industry supply chain firms, such as transport and logistics operators, to increase the skills of their workforce and benefit from associated productivity gains.

“We would love to see The Sweetest Job initiative contribute to our local food and agribusiness industry being more competitive in national and international markets,” Ms Greenhatch said.

“Success here will not only create more job opportunities for the industry, it will also grow the broader food and agribusiness economy and help to attract new investment to the region.”

Minister for Training and Skills, and Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said the State Government had contributed $33.8 million across Queensland to help job-seekers get trained and find work.

“We want to open doors for local job-seekers who have faced various barriers in their life,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Projects such as The Sweetest Job offer exciting opportunities for job-seekers to gain new skills and meet local industry and employer needs, and drastically increase their chances of getting employed.”

The first project intake in the Sunshine Coast region, which is now open, will focus on food processing and logistics.

The campaign is being delivered by Stones Throw, the company behind the JobShow and other innovative local employment initiatives.

Jobseekers and local employers are encouraged to register their interest at www.thesweetestjob.com.au

 

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Your network is your ‘net worth’

How often do you hear ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’?

A person’s business network can often equate to their ‘net worth’ and yet so many people have a deep-seated fear and loathing of networking!

Food Agribusiness Network (FAN) wants to flip the fear on its head with its upcoming, ‘Maximising Networking Opportunities’ workshop hosted by the food-preneur team from Montville Coffee next Tuesday.

 “FAN is all about the power of the network,” says Chairman, Jacqui Wilson-Smith.

“My experience with Gourmet Garden and now McCormick is that those who embrace sharing—rather than taking— end up forming deeper, trusted connections and find collaboration opportunities more easily.”

The team at Montville Coffee approach networking as an essential business strategy. Their efforts have resulted in collaborations with some of the region’s finest producers and restaurants, including Maleny Dairies, Wimmers, Maleny Food Co & the Bohemian Bungalow.

Montville Coffee’s Karen Barnett, Kevin Fraikin and Sean McGowan will host a light-hearted, interactive workshop exploring the concepts of trust, leadership, motivation and shared vision.

With a better understanding of how to identify others’ values and unmet needs, you will become a more effective networker.

Other FAN members, like QCamel dairy, have used FAN as a launching pad for partnerships with Maleny Cheese and Freeze Dry Industries. The collaborative teams are developing new products together, creating new categories and markets.

Limited spaces are available at the workshop, to be held next Tuesday, 30 May, 7:45am to 11:00am at Montville Coffee, 20 Balmoral Rd, Montville.

To book tickets ($25 – $50) visit www.foodagribusiness.org.au

 

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Eumundi Welcomes New Brewer to Town

Esteemed brewer Chris Sheehan is now heading to Eumundi to take on the role of Head Brewer for the new Eumundi Brewery.

Chris will be based on-site at the iconic Imperial Hotel in Eumundi overseeing the installation of the brewing “kit”, and most importantly, fine-tuning the recipes and roll-out of the much anticipated beers.

In taking on the Eumundi role, Chris is handing over the reigns as Head Brewer for James Squire and Malt Shovel Brewery in Sydney, where he has been for a number of years.

Prior to that he’s held managerial roles with the nation’s beery best: with XXXX in Brisbane (where he fell in love with Queensland); West End Brewery in Adelaide; Knappstein Enterprise Brewery in the Clare Valley; and Swan Brewery in Perth.

And he cannot wait to start his next chapter on the Sunshine Coast.

“I’m thrilled to be moving with my family to this beautiful part of the world,” says Chris. “To have the opportunity to live and make beer on the Sunshine Coast is dream job stuff for me.”

“It’s an exciting time to be a brewer in SE Queensland – with so much happening in Brisbane and on the Coast in a beer sense, says Chris. “We have a terrific opportunity to make great flavoured beers that are top quality and will be appreciated by a discerning market of beer lovers.”

“Beyond the brews, I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with both my mountain bike and surfboard!”

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Biofutures Roadmap – have your say

The Queensland Government has developed the Biofutures 10-year Roadmap as one of its flagship initiatives to diversify and transition the state economy with a vision of a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented sector that attracts significant international investment and creates high-value and high-skilled jobs, particularly in regional areas. Waste materials are expected to play a leading role as feedstocks in innovative processes to produce sustainable energy, fuels and other bio-products. This will also contribute to the Government’s priorities around better management of waste and increasing resource recovery.

As such the Government is currently undertaking a review, supported by consultants Arcadis, of waste streams that might present feedstock opportunities for production of energy and bio-products. The scope includes an assessment of market barriers and policy options to support the realisation of those opportunities. The review will inform Government about the potential opportunities, and deliver options and recommendations to Government on addressing potential market barriers and policy responses.

The Government wants to harness the feedback and ideas of a wide range of stakeholders across the state, along the waste and energy value chains, from waste generators and collectors (municipal, commercial, industrial and agricultural) through to processors, technology providers and end-product users.

They’ve developed a short survey that provides an opportunity for you to provide specific input to help shape future policy directions in Queensland and identify solutions which will contribute to the Biofutures Roadmap. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, it should take no longer than 15 minutes. All individual responses will be kept confidential and only aggregated response data published.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EHP_Biofutures

Please contact Matt Arthur at EHP (07 3330 5159, matthew.arthur@ehp.qld.gov.au) if you want to discuss further.