About Job Match Yorke and Mid North
Job Match Yorke and Mid North (YMN) is a FREE service provided by Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North and the Australian Government Employment Facilitator.
We understand that the health and safety of your workers and the community is your priority. For those organisations providing essential services or who have experienced increased demand on your workers – finding new staff or developing a pipeline of workers to meet your future needs is time consuming and can take you away from your day-to-day priorities. We’re here to help.
Regional Development Australia has over 15 years’ experience in supporting the workforce needs of our region. Together with the local Employment Facilitator we have established, long term relationships with organisations in the employment and training sector, and strong connections with the community and those looking for work. We are an independent organisation focused on supporting the development and sustainability of our region.
Job Match YMN will provide support to local employers who are currently/or are expected to experience demand for staff due to COVID-19, including:
- Employers experiencing increased demand for workers
- Employers who need to fill positions due to staff isolation, sick leave or fatigue
- Employers who have staff unavailable due to childcare commitments
- Employers requiring staff due to other reasons related to COVID-19
Job Match YMN is not designed to replace existing employment or labour hire solutions available in the region but will help employers who need workers and have limited capacity to spend time recruiting and sourcing workers to fill jobs – particularly casual and relief workers. We will actively connect and work with all other organisations in the region and act as a coordination point in addressing the significant workforce challenges facing our region.
If you need additional staff now or expect that you will need access to casual/relief/contract workers in the near future, we will support you by doing some of the leg work needed to streamline this process and source local workers available to meet you needs.
- Employers to Complete an Online Expression of Interest – this will only take two minutes of your time.
- You will receive a follow-up call within two days to gather essential information on the job/skills required.
- Marketing and Promotion –utilising our extensive networks, social media and leveraging our existing relationships with local government and other organisations, we will promote jobs needed directly to individuals and local organisations, and to the wider community where needed.
- Individuals will have the opportunity to register their interest for current or future job roles. Information will be provided to local employment, training and labour hire services to also refer suitable candidates.
- Screening – RDA’s qualified Career Practitioner and Workforce Development Staff will liaise directly with individuals to check minimum essential requirements required (such as police checks, verification of qualifications, etc), undertake pre-screening testing where possible and as required by industry/employers, and can support with employment paperwork including resume, application and online inductions.
- Shortlisting – provided to employer, with additional support available for interviewing if required
- Government Support – collation of any relevant Government support (such as incentives, wage subsidies, etc) will be provided for any shortlisted candidate.
- Link to other services –connections with labour hire, employment providers, group training, apprenticeship support network and other services as required by the employer.
We understand that it is a difficult time for many people, particularly if you have recently lost your job or have been looking for work.
We want to make sure that you know there is support available. There are many programs and resources available to help you to find employment, explore career pathways or develop new skills. It is sometimes hard to know what’s available and where to look, so we have provided a summary below that we hope you will find helpful.
LOOKING FOR WORK?
Looking for a job is like a job in itself. Most jobs are advertised online, but there are many other ways to find a new job too. These range from advertised positions on the internet or newspapers to contacting employers directly.
Job advertising websites are useful for searching for jobs in a particular location, industry or role.
Some reputable job advertising websites include:
From pickers to packers, processors and planters, there are a variety of agricultural seasonal jobs on offer in South Australia’s regions. Seasonal Jobs SA is a temporary initiative to bring workers and employers together to help keep SA’s supply chains flowing following the COVID-19 impact on primary industries.
Visit the Seasonal Jobs website here https://www.seasonaljobs.sa.gov.au/.
The Australian Government is supporting job seekers and employers to connect in a rapidly changing jobs market. The Jobs Hub website allows you to explore available job opportunities and provides tools to help you identify similar jobs matching your skills for a broader range of options.
The Jobs Hub website is available here https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub.
LOCAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Uni Hub Spencer Gulf – SEMESTER 2 ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN
Uni Hub Spencer Gulf was established as a Regional University Study Centre to:
- improve locally supported university access for our regional community
- help meet the growing workforce needs of local industry
Uni Hub now supports 112 university students studying across our Port Pirie and Port Augusta sites. Fifty-one students are studying Uni Hub brokered qualifications to meet local skilled workforce demand, 26 are enrolled in a Uni Hub brokered foundation or SACE school pathway program and a further 35 are registered users of Uni Hub facilities, studying with non-partner universities
With mid-year enrolments now open, Uni Hub is very pleased to offer the following qualifications from July 2020:
- Associate Degree in Engineering
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Digital Media
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
For further information visit https://unihubsg.org/ or contact the Port Pirie Campus on 8656 9951.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING
Commonwealth Scholarships for Young People
Applications are open for eligible individuals to apply for a scholarship valued up to $5,000 a year to participate in Vocational Education and Training targeted occupations identified in growth industries. Port Pirie, Yorke, Mid North and Barossa region is one of only 10 regions national with access to these scholarships, with Round 2 applications closing 24th July. Scholarship recipients will complete a VET course and a 20 day paid Internship. Scholars will receive up to $3,000 for paid internship work and host employers will receive $500 per intern. For more information on eligibility or to apply, please visit https://www.busyatwork.com.au/scholarship-program-for-young-australians/ or contact Kylie Brown, Busy at Work on 0438 173 941.
Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers is an Australian Government-funded initiative to enable older Australian workers and recently unemployed older Australians to remain in or re-enter the workforce. It provides personalised advice and guidance on upskilling for a current job, transitioning into new roles within a current industry or pathways to new careers.
Eligible participants may also be eligible to access $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund re-skilling or up-skilling opportunities Either the participant or their current employer must provide a co-contribution to match the government contribution.
For further information on eligibility or to apply please visit https://www.busyatwork.com.au/skills-checkpoint-program/ or contact Paula Wright, Busy at Work on 0417 404 360.
USEFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES
Job Outlook makes it easy to find and understand career information. Use the career profiles on Job Outlook to learn about the future outlook, pay, main tasks, and physical and other demands of careers that interest you. Find out about the skills, knowledge and abilities you may need to get and keep a job. When you are ready to take action, follow links to job vacancies and related courses. Career Quiz and Skills Match tools also available.
Visit the Job Outlook website here https://joboutlook.gov.au/.
Help to identify your skills and transition into jobs in demand
Skills Match on the Job Outlook website helps people identify their skills they have gained in past jobs, and presents new job ideas which they may be able to transfer these skills into.
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that individuals understand their skills and how their work experience equips them to work in new jobs they may not have previously considered, but might be in demand.
Skills match presents the skills people have developed, like communicating with customers and co-workers, managing information and ideas, working with tools and technology, and specific on-the-job knowledge and know-how.
Skills Match shows personalised career matches based on an individual’s work history. For each new job idea, key insights are presented like average weekly earnings, as well as the main skills required, and preferred qualifications.
Results are customisable by training pathways, industry job type, preferred work style or physical demand to find a path that is suitable.
Get started today. Access Skills Match on joboutlook.gov.au
Learn how to use Skills Match here.
Job Jumpstart COVID-19 Series: Job search help for hospitality and retail workers
If you are a retail or hospitality worker currently looking for work, you might need to consider other occupations or industries to find available jobs.
The good news is that many of your existing skills are directly applicable to jobs that are available right now.
The Job Jumpstart website provide valuable information, resources and tools to help you explore your options.
Visit the Job Jumpstart website here https://jobjumpstart.govcms.gov.au/article/covid-19-series-job-search-help-hospitality-and-retail-workers.
What’s Next? Helps you decide what to do if you have been retrenched or are looking for a new career. There is help for finding a job, getting some training and looking after yourself.
Visit the What’s Next website here https://whatsnext.employment.gov.au/.
Financial Information Service
A free service that can inform and educate you about financial matters.
Visit the Financial Information Services website here https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/financial-information-service.
MoneySmart is a government website with tips and tools to help make the most of your finances, including a DIY budget toolkit, how to manage your money, or deal with credit or debt.
Visit the Money Smart website here http://www.moneysmart.gov.au/.
Services Australia (previously Centrelink) can assist you with financial information about income support options, effect of redundancy payment on receiving income support, waiting periods (depending on the amount of money you have to support yourself), adjusting your Family Tax Benefit estimate or adjusting Child Support information, Youth Allowance entitlements for dependent children.
Further information is available at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au or https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19
Call 13 28 50
NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT?
Mental Health Awareness
Looking after your mental health is of the most importance as we all face this challenging time together. The following telephone assistance is available to everyone who may wish to have a conversation about what they are experiencing.
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
- MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- COVID-19 National Hotline – 1800 675 398
Red Cross Telecross REDi service
The State Government is encouraging the community to register themselves, loved ones and friends for the Red Cross Telecross REDi service.
The phone service has been activated to support South Australians whose wellbeing is impacted as a result of COVID-19 social distancing and self-isolated measures.
Vulnerable South Australians can opt to receive a free, daily potentially life-saving phone call checking on their welfare in response to COVID-19.
Specially trained Red Cross staff and volunteers will make the calls, asking clients questions including how they are coping and if they need medical or food supplies, as well as reiterating latest government health advice.
The new, extended service is targeted to:
- older South Australians
- people living with disability
- those experiencing mental illness
- people recovering from an illness or accident, or
- anyone with an ongoing health condition who is doing the right thing and self-isolating.
This service has been activated during heatwaves and bushfire relief and anyone already registered with the service will automatically receive COVID-19 service support.
Vulnerable people, or their representatives, can register for the Telecross REDi COVID-19 service.
To find out more about Telecross REDi, visit the Red Cross website.