Council’s new service to help job seekers and businesses
JOB seekers will receive a helping hand from the council with a new jobs board aimed at making it easier for them to get back on their feet.
Councillors yesterday voted unanimously to approve the creation of a new, free regional jobs board and talent community website.
The job board will allow employers in the region to create profiles and directly advertise their job vacancies for free.
Jobseekers and volunteers are then able to upload their resume and apply for vacancies.
Project co-ordinator of the regional skills investment strategy Ry Collins said the website’s development would assist both businesses and residents with managing employment as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus.
“(It will) promote and market the regional job opportunities that are available, not just through council but through all employers with the intent of those jobs reaching a greater audience and enabling job seekers to more easily connect with job opportunities that are available,” he said.
“We see a significant benefit in being able to do this and really being able to attract skilled people to the region and also attract residents.”
The platform also ‘scrapes’ other job sites, company web pages, the internet and government employment sites to offer a ‘one stop site’ for jobs.
Council also hoped the job board would ‘offer a once in a generation opportunity for regions to attract workers that previously may not had considered leaving a metropolitan area’.
The job board would allow job seekers to remotely access a wide range of opportunities while also ensuring the ‘the region is competitive and will support our key industries in targeting the workers required to recover and support the expected need for an increased level of economic diversity in the future.’