Job prospects brighten
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.”