Local Jobs Program
DOUGLAS business owners and local leaders will come together next month to solve a critical labour shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Douglas Shire Council, Douglas Chamber of Commerce, FNQ Employment and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree are inviting business owners to attend the Local Jobs Program forums in Port Douglas and Mossman in a bid to fill the gap left by a reduction in working holiday maker visa holders.
The forums will be held on Tuesday, 9 February 2021.
The most recent Economy ID job data (November 2020) shows that about 1275 people or 15.8 per cent of the population in the Douglas Shire were on JobSeeker or Youth allowance.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the Local Jobs Program is a collaborative response to the problem caused by COVID-19.
“The program will see a tailored approach to getting local people back to work or into work for the first time in local jobs,” he said.
“We know there are local people out there who can work for our local businesses and help us solve the issue.
“In particular, the accommodation and hospitality sector is finding it really challenging to fill vacancies.”
The program may range from a phone call providing advice, or even a grant-funded project, with most still active until June 2022.
If you, or anyone else you know, are interested in participating in a forum to focus on your own business, or finding out what the local challenges are, then this is the session for you.
You can book your tickets below.