Have a gap year on farm

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Bush Banter -

COT­TON grow­ers seek­ing op­er­a­tional staff to work on their farm are en­cour­aged to con­nect with school leavers as part of the 2018 Cot­ton Gap pro­gram.

Now in its sec­ond year, Cot­ton Gap helps con­nect em­ploy­ers with stu­dents who have just fin­ished school and are in­ter­ested in ei­ther a long-term ca­reer in cot­ton or those seek­ing 12 months em­ploy­ment in the form of a ‘gap year’.

Cot­ton grower An­drew O’Con­nor from Mungindi, Queens­land em­ployed gap year stu­dents for the 2016-17 cot­ton sea­son.

“It gave us the op­por­tu­nity to se­lect from a great range of can­di­dates who want to be in­volved in the Aus­tralian cot­ton in­dus­try, and they want a job for 12 months in­stead of three,” he said.

Cot­ton Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Michael Mur­ray en­cour­aged in­ter­ested cot­ton em­ploy­ers to sub­mit their job ad­ver­tise­ment to Cot­ton Aus­tralia as soon as pos­si­ble.

Cot­ton Aus­tralia is also call­ing for in­ter­ested stu­dents to sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram.

“In launch­ing the 2018 pro­gram, we are now seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from cot­ton grow­ers in­ter­ested in em­ploy­ing a school-leaver,” Mr Mur­ray said.

“Job ad­ver­tise­ments should be sub­mit­ted by Oc­to­ber 9, 2017.

“Once job ad­ver­tise­ments have been re­ceived, Cot­ton Aus­tralia will as­sist em­ploy­ers to con­nect with Cot­ton Gap stu­dents.

“Both the em­ploy­ers and par­tic­i­pants will be sup­ported by the cot­ton in­dus­try.

“Em­ploy­ers will be made aware of any rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies that may be avail­able for em­ploy­ment and train­ing, and em­ploy­ees will be pro­vided with ini­tial train­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties for on­go­ing train­ing.”

Cot­ton Aus­tralia en­cour­ages in­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants to visit Cot­ton Aus­tralia’s web­site for more in­for­ma­tion about how to par­tic­i­pate: www.cot­tonaus­tralia.com.au/work-in­cot­ton/cot­ton-gap.


HAV­ING A GO: Cot­ton grower An­drew O’Con­nor from Mungindi, Queens­land.

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