Out of the debris of Marcia flames stimulation for jobs
FROM the ashes of major disasters rise the flames of economic stimulation and Capricornia has already begun to feel the momentum.
Skilled workers are arriving in the area and for the first time in a long time, many of the region's long-term unemployed are seeing opportunities that didn't previously exist.
Cheryl Russell (pictured) from Employment Services Queensland said the organisation was building a data base to match employers with workers.
"A lot of industries will benefit out of this… there's an economic stimulus from disasters and not just in the building industry," she said.
"A lot of money is going to be spent locally and people will need to run their businesses in different ways to what they have.
"On Friday last week, we helped three new employers to the area fill 20 positions."
A partnership between ESQ, Back on Track Indigenous Training and Employment and an outside indigenous service has already placed 40 workers, without previous experience, in Ergon's call centre and administration.
"These positions are typically for six weeks to three months," Ms Russell said. "But quite often they extend out to six months and then a number are kept on in permanent jobs."
ESQ is also working closely with Livingstone Shire Council, teaming volunteers to work in parks and gardens, construction and maintenance.
"The council is looking to keep the good ones on as staff members," Ms Russell said.
In many cases, ESQ is able to provide safety tickets, protective equipment, white cards and end-to-end recruitment at no cost.
"We're building a data base of eligible staff, some skilled, some just willing to learn and help," she said.
"This is a very good opportunity for less-skilled workers to find employment."
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