Re­gions lead jobs charge

The best chance of se­cur­ing work is to look be­yond the city lim­its, CareerOne Edi­tor Cara Jenkin re­veals.

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THE top places to find jobs are prov­ing to be in re­gional South Aus­tralia, where work­ers are needed to fill the thou­sands of va­can­cies cre­ated by strong eco­nomic growth led by the min­ing sec­tor.

The heads of South Aus­tralia’s seven coun­try Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia or­gan­i­sa­tions say many res­i­dents need to up­skill to take on the work but new skilled res­i­dents also need to move to take up jobs in the re­gions.

Trade and health work­ers com­monly are in de­mand but there also is a need for small busi­nesses to es­tab­lish in niche ser­vice in­dus­tries.

Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Em­ploy­ment and Work­place Re­la­tions fig­ures show the un­em­ploy­ment rate for South Aus­tralia out­side Ade­laide al­ready is lower than that of the metropoli­tan area. It now stands at 4.8 per cent, com­pared with the Ade­laide metropoli­tan av­er­age rate of 5.5 per cent.

Agri­cul­ture and food pro­duc­tion of­fer just a slice of the re­gional em­ploy­ment which is avail­able, with jobs up for grabs for any worker in any in­dus­try. Min­ing is lead­ing the charge in de­mand­ing staff, which also leads to op­por­tu­ni­ties in con­struc­tion and ser­vices.

Fed­eral Jobs and Skills Min­is­ter Chris Evans has said it will be a chal­lenge to get peo­ple into re­gional jobs that are not di­rectly associated with the min­ing sec­tor be­cause of the abil­ity for busi­ness to match the high wages on of­fer. It means skilled work­ers want­ing work out­side the sec­tor will be snapped up.

RDA Mur­ray­lands and River­land ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Bren­ton Lewis says there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for skilled work­ers in re­gional SA.

They in­clude diesel me­chan­ics, which are needed in min­ing, trans­port, agri­cul­ture and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries.

Get­ting long-term unem­ployed into jobs will be a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus for the Mur­ray­lands and River­land re­gions, he says.

‘‘We’re cer­tainly look­ing at up­skilling and any­thing for small and medium busi­ness to take on some­one who might work out to be a good em­ployee,’’ he says.

The River­land’s re­liance on hor­ti­cul­ture, viti­cul­ture and ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture made it sus­cep­ti­ble to the drought, so new busi­nesses are be­ing en­cour­aged.

Many new work­ers will need to move to the re­gion to sup­port its pop­u­la­tion in­crease tar­get of 7000 peo­ple.

‘‘It’s about at­tract­ing new busi- ness, ex­pand­ing ex­ist­ing busi­ness or be­ing in­no­va­tive or dif­fer­ent, in­te­grat­ing busi­ness – we’re try­ing as hard as we can to diver­sify the busi­ness in the River­land,’’ Mr Lewis says.

Small-busi­ness own­ers also are en­cour­aged for the Yorke and Mid North re­gion.

RDA Yorke and Mid North ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kelly-Anne Saf­fin says there are many ser­vices, such as fi­nance, which are re­quired by peo­ple and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses in the re­gions.

‘‘In the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, we have a par­tic­u­lar need for cooks and chefs,’’ she says.

Work­ers with HR, heavy ve­hi­cle and fork­lift li­cences also are high in de­mand. RDA Whyalla and Eyre Penin­sula ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Cant says the emerg­ing min­ing in­dus­try is pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment in trades.

RDA Lime­stone Coast skills, ca­reer and work­force de­vel­op­ment man­ager He­len Strick­land says many in­dus­tries re­quire new peo­ple to come to the re­gion.

Pic­ture: Tri­cia Watkin­son

Op­por­tu­ni­ties await Mo­tor Trade As­so­ci­a­tion Group Train­ing Scheme diesel me­chanic ap­pren­tices Scott Mont­gomerie, left, and Jar­den Stoet­zer.

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