The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is currently running a project in the Caboolture area assisting local job seekers to find sustainable employment within the horticulture sector.

Through the project, QAWN South East Queensland Officer, Craig Dillon has been engaging strawberry, pineapple, and passionfruit growers and wholesale nurseries to offer employment opportunities to job seekers at various times throughout the year.

The focus of the project is to find groups of skilled workers who are available to assist growers during their peak seasons. This will help reduce growers’ need to retain staff and will prevent good local workers from leaving the industry altogether as they will have consistent employment throughout the year.

QAWN has identified one of the main difficulties for local growers is finding and retaining reliable local workers. To answer growers’ needs, this project aims to provide opportunities for job seekers and workers wanting to participate in courses to enhance their skills and employment options within the industry.

A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) has been engaged to conduct a six-day training program including First Aid certificates to ensure applicants are suitable for positions in horticulture.

The more growers who are willing to assist, the wider the range of crop varieties which will result in greater success for the overall project.

If there are any growers in the Caboolture region who would like to assist or know more information, please contact Craig Dillon on 0499 833 868 or email cdillon@growcom.com.au

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is an industry-led rural jobs initiative funded by the  Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.