Thousands of jobs are up for grabs in an Australian mini job tree – so what skills do you need for the roles?
- The agricultural sector in New South Wales has to fill up to 5,000 jobs
- Work available for truck drivers, mechanics, fruit pickers and livestock farms
- Farmers are also looking for sales, marketing, research and merchandising personnel
- The government created the Help Harvest website to connect searchers with employers
There is an urgent need to fill 5,000 jobs in the agricultural sector in New South Wales.
Farmers have posted job openings for mechanics, truck drivers and fruit pickers on the Help Harvest website, but they also need sales and marketing personnel, researchers, and merchandising specialists.
Strong growing conditions have made for an excellent harvest season, but COVID-19 state and international border closures have made it difficult for farmers to find workers, as most of their workforce is mostly from abroad.
“My message to the increasing number of people looking for a job right now is this: get off your butt and get into farming – we need you,” said NSW Agriculture Secretary Adam Marshall.
Farmers are looking for both skilled and unskilled workers, including mechanics, truck drivers and fruit pickers (stock image)
Wet weather and strong growing conditions have made for a great harvest season, but COVID-19 state and international border closures have left farmers struggling to find workers (stock image)
The New South Wales government has launched the Help Harvest website to connect employers with people who are willing to take on positions usually filled by seasonal workers.
Due to the financial impact of COVID-19 restrictions, the unemployment rate in Australia rose to 7.5 percent in July, the highest unemployment rate since November 1998.
“At a time when we are just emerging from the drought, the farmers in our state cannot afford to miss the financial revival of a strong crop,” said Mr. Marshall.
People who have lost their jobs are urged to retrain as needed – with a range of short courses available.
There are courses on drone operations, business management, accounting and heavy machinery, automotive electronics, and chainsaw operations.
The vacancies are open to Australian citizens or anyone with a relevant visa, including foreign students, working holiday makers and temporary work visa holders.
People who have lost their jobs are urged to retrain with short courses available in drone operations, business management, accounting and heavy machinery, automotive electronics and chainsaw operations (stock image)
Employers are also recruiting for positions in sales and marketing, merchandising, and research and development (stock image)