Of­fi­cer to boost ag jobs

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN - DAVID THOM­SON Grow­com CEO

AGRI­CUL­TURE can be a volatile in­dus­try, with sea­sonal changes highly in­flu­enc­ing work­force needs, and it can be an up­hill bat­tle try­ing to pro­mote its ben­e­fits to job­seek­ers.

That’s why Grow­com sup­ports the work of the Queens­land Agri­cul­ture Work­force Net­work to ad­dress gaps in work­forces across hor­ti­cul­ture in re­gional and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

As a proud sup­porter of QAWN, Grow­com wel­comes the ap­point­ment of a new agri­cul­ture work­force of­fi­cer for South­east Queens­land, Craig Dil­lon, who will play a vi­tal role in match­ing the right farm work­ers to the right jobs in the re­gion.

Mr Dil­lon will be work­ing with grow­ers across South­east Queens­land to al­le­vi­ate any stress they may have when try­ing to source new staff mem­bers, whether it be skilled or un­skilled.

He has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the re­cruit­ment sec­tor and has worked with farm­ers on and off for more than a decade.

He has forged pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with a lot of the small crop farms around Ca­bool­ture, help­ing them to

❝Craig Dil­lon will play a vi­tal role in match­ing the right farm work­ers to the right jobs in the re­gion.

source staff and meet their labour needs.

He has also worked with the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s JobAc­tive pro­gram and pro­vided labour hire for min­ing com­pa­nies through his own re­cruit­ment busi­ness.

A fit­ter and turner by trade, hav­ing long left his tools be­hind him, Mr Dil­lon is en­thu­si­as­tic to take what he’s learnt in re­cruit­ment and ap­ply it to agri­cul­ture.

His hum­ble be­gin­nings, from a lit­tle farm­ing coun­try town on the Mur­ray, have put him in the per­fect po­si­tion to un­der­stand farm­ers and where they come from.

Mr Dil­lon be­gins his role as South­east Queens­land’s agri­cul­ture work­force of­fi­cer in Oc­to­ber.

QAWN is an in­dus­try-led ru­ral jobs ini­tia­tive funded by the Queens­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries.

Grow­com works closely with QAWN to in­crease aware­ness of agri­cul­ture as a vi­able ca­reer path­way and pro­mote the im­por­tance of a sus­tain­able work­force.

For more in­for­ma­tion on QAWN, phone Grow­com work­force de­vel­op­ment man­ager Karen Ge­orge on 0408 135 003 or email kge­orge@grow­com.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW ROLE: Agri­cul­ture work­force of­fi­cer for South­east Queens­land Craig Dil­lon will help job­seek­ers find farm work.

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