Familiar face to grow work­force

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

AF­TER spend­ing a year away from the re­gion, Ju­lia Whe­way is back at work with Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Limited (WMDL).

Ms Whe­way’s new role is as a work­force devel­op­ment of­fi­cer for the Whit­sun­days. Her job will in­volve build­ing work­force ca­pa­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity across the re­gion’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries in­clud­ing hor­ti­cul­ture, aqua­cul­ture, graz­ing and cane.

WMDL Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Jeff Aquilina said the fo­cus would be on de­vel­op­ing an in­dus­try work­force needs as­sess­ment “and sub­se­quently es­tab­lish­ing an ac­tion plan to foster skills devel­op­ment, growth and im­prove at­trac­tion and re­ten­tion of a skilled work­force for the re­gion”.

Orig­i­nally from the United King­dom, Ms Whe­way pre­vi­ously worked in the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing sec­tors for both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional stu­dent mar­kets.

In her for­mer role as cam­pus manager for the Bar­rier Reef TAFE in Can­non­vale, she worked di­rectly with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and skills coun­cils to iden­tify skills needs and at­tract fund­ing for the de­liv­ery of es­sen­tial train­ing for busi­nesses in the Whit­sun­days.

Af­ter a stint at WMDL she left the or­gan­i­sa­tion at the be­gin­ning of last year to re­lo­cate to Mackay.

There she gained ad­di­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in work­force ser­vices and re­cruit­ment in her role as branch manager for Mackay at Skilled Group.

Ms Whe­way said she was “thrilled” to be re­turn­ing to the Whit­sun­days in her new role.

“I have a pas­sion for the Whit­sun­day re­gion and strongly be­lieve that by build­ing ca­pac­ity and work­force devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties we can ul­ti­mately at­tract and re­tain a skilled work­force for our re­gion,” she said.

“I look for­ward to meet­ing with our re­gion’s busi­nesses and key stake­hold­ers to dis­cuss in­dus­try needs in re­la­tion to skills and devel­op­ment.”

Mr Aquilina said he was very pleased to wel­come Ms Whe­way back to the team and looked for­ward to the “im­mense knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence” she would bring.

“[And] I am con­fi­dent that this role will de­liver great benefits for the fu­ture devel­op­ment of the Whit­sun­day re­gion,” he said.

Ms Whe­way started in the job last Mon­day.

WEL­COMED BACK: Ju­lia Whe­way has re­turned to Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) as the re­gion's new work­force devel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

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