Familiar face to grow workforce
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.