Capricorn Enterprise has launched an online initiative to help match major projects and other opportunities with local skills, with a Shoalwater Bay jobs hub set to get the scheme off to a flying start.
The ‘Work in Central Queensland’ portal is designed to deliver smart matching of interested talent, strong communities, and localisation of jobs, skills, and capital.
Developed in partnership with Australian-based developer uWorkin, the online and mobile solution is expected to benefit jobseekers, employment-focused community groups, training organisations, councils, and employers of all sizes together with many other groups.
“We are pleased to launch this new ‘Work in Central Queensland’ site within the CQ community and welcome Shoalwater Bay Jobs onboard,” Capricorn Enterprise chief executive officer Mary Carroll said.
“With $4.5 billion worth of major infrastructure developments planned and underway during this decade of development, we face shortage of up to 3000 workers, which conversely presents a greater opportunity to attract workers and their families from densely populated areas within the nation, to a regional lifestyle.”
The need for such an industry platform was identified by the Central Queensland Major Project Workforce Alliance (CQMPWA).
“The CQMPWA has been working towards a solution of worker shortage across the past 18 months that will cement CQ as a destination of choice for skills development, jobs, lifestyle choices, population growth and economic prosperity,” Ms Carroll said.
‘Work in Central Queensland’ will aim to connect workers with all employment opportunities with every contractor within the supply chain, ensuring smaller businesses equal playing ground.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the creation of the Work in Central Queensland site and the Shoalwater Bay Jobs hub was years in the making.
“In 2018, I invited Ben Hughes from Hughes et al to present to a group of CQ business owners to present his ideas for a solution to bring skilled workers and their families to the region,” she said.
“Ever since, he has worked collaboratively with Capricorn Enterprise and I’m happy to see their solution come to life.
“More and more opportunities for work on the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area are opening every day. The Federal Government is committed to to maximising opportunities for local businesses across the life of the ASMTI through its Local Industry Capability Plan.
“With the Shoalwater Bay Jobs hub, we will see more and more local businesses seize the ample employment opportunities around Shoalwater Bay Training Area Expansion.”