Job prospects brighten

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

THERE’S op­por­tu­ni­ties aplenty for new jobs and ca­reers in Dou­glas Shire, with the Moss­man Aged Care fa­cil­ity breaking ground this week, and The Reef Marina get­ting the green light last month.

Also on the hori­zon is a new dive cen­tre in Port Dou­glas and a cou­ple of hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Far North Train­ing and Con­sul­tancy Liz Ross said in the lead up to the de­vel­op­ment news, there had al­ready been plenty of in­ter­est in train­ing for jobs in Dou­glas.

“We have been im­pressed with the lo­cal re­sponse to ob­tain­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the new aged care fa­cil­ity,” said Ms Ross.

“With staff lev­els es­ti­mated near 30, there will be good op­por­tu­ni­ties for those with the right cer­tifi­cates.”

Ms Ross ex­plained that there will also be jobs in hos­pi­tal­ity, build­ing main­te­nance and gar­den­ing at the cen­tre.

“This cen­tre will be a boon for the area in that it will meet the needs of our age­ing res­i­dents

and also boost em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Ms Ross said.

Last year FNTC saw five stu­dents suc­cess­fully com­plete the Cer­tifi­cate III in In­di­vid­ual

Sup­port spe­cial­is­ing in Aged Care and this year 13 stu­dents have started their course.

“It is so im­por­tant that all our ser­vices are staffed by suit­ably qual­i­fied lo­cals and we are

pleased to be part of this process,” Ms Ross said.

Over in Port Dou­glas, The Reef Marina DA has also gen­er­ated ac­tiv­ity with FNTC, with the com­pany re­search­ing the train­ing needs of com­pa­nies look­ing to come on board as con­trac­tors dur­ing the $85 mil­lion projects con­struc­tion.

“It is vi­tal that our lo­cal busi­nesses can pro­vide com­pet­i­tive ten­ders for the var­i­ous facets of this ex­cit­ing project and part of that is to have staff fully tick­eted in train­ing like White Cards, work­ing at heights, low volt­age first aid and re­sus­ci­ta­tion.

“Hav­ing ac­cess to this train­ing lo­cally makes the process so much eas­ier so staff can eas­ily up­date their qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” she said.

“There are many as­pects of this de­vel­op­ment cov­er­ing the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and the train­ing needs in­clude Con­fined Space, El­e­vated Work Plat­form, Scaf­fold­ing, Traf­fic Con­trol and Plant Op­er­a­tion’” Ms Ross said. “Work Health and Safety is also an area of high im­por­tance.”

She said the FNTC had writ­ten to lo­cal providers to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try ask­ing for de­tails of their train­ing re­quire­ments in readi­ness for the project’s com­mence­ment.

“I am keen to hear from lo­cal busi­nesses about their train­ing needs and happy to ad­vise them on get­ting the right train­ing cour­ses tai­lored to their re­quire­ments,” Ms Ross said, “and if we can’t pro­vide them, we will source the train­ing for them.”

Liz Ross

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