‘Putting right peo­ple in place’

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

SOUTH­EAST Queens­land agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries will soon have a new Agri­cul­ture Work­force Of­fi­cer to help farm busi­nesses in the re­gion to find, at­tract and re­tain work­ers.

Grow­com has ap­pointed Craig Dil­lon to ser­vice agri­cul­ture em­ploy­ers across south­east Queens­land to al­le­vi­ate any stress they may face when try­ing to source new staff mem­bers.

“Agri­cul­ture is a volatile in­dus­try, with sea­sonal changes highly in­flu­enc­ing work­face needs, and it can be an up­hill bat­tle try­ing to pro­mote its ben­e­fits to job­seek­ers,” Grow­com Work­force De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Karen Ge­orge said.

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

“Craig’s ru­ral be­gin­nings, hav­ing grown up in a lit­tle farm­ing coun­try town on the Mur­ray, have put him in the per­fect position to un­der­stand farm­ers and where they come from.”

Mr Dil­lion said he’s worked with big and small busi­nesses in pre­vi­ous re­cruit­ment roles.

“As a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager, I’ve dealt with a wide va­ri­ety of busi­nesses from en­try level right through to white col­lar and worked closely with trades­men and re­cruit­ment com­pa­nies to match them to suit­ably skilled po­si­tions,” Mr Dil­lon said.

“I have also worked with a lot of the small crop farms around Ca­bool­ture, help­ing them to source staff and meet their labour needs, so I know how tough and chal­leng­ing it can be.”

A fit­ter and turner by trade, Mr Dil­lon is en­thu­si­as­tic to take what he’s learnt in re­cruit­ment and ap­ply it to agri­cul­ture.

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