Connections with industry summary

Employer connected

Last year we placed people into employment across a range of industries including retail, hospitality and corporate business. 4,012 individual employers participated in these job placements.

(SOURCE: SUB029 31/08/14)

The 4,012 individual employers included:

  • Woolworths Limited
  • BP Australia
  • Michael Hill
  • McDonald
  • Yes Optus
  • Bunning Warehouse
  • Coles
  • Kmart
  • IGA
  • Big W
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Mercure Hotels
  • IKEA
Job Futures focuses on employment strategy

Hear from Toni Wren, an employment and social policy specialist, who assisted Job Futures to develop our demand led employment strategy which is resulting in job seekers being better prepared to meet the needs of employers.

Working with BP and Bunnings

Job Futures member ACSO has initiated project New Dawn which helps homeless participants re-engage with mainstream society.

Current employer sponsors include BP and Bunnings, with the list of partners continuing to grow. ACSO, as the lead agency, is partnering with employers to create a brighter outlook and a 'new dawn' for their JSA and DES participants.

Working with gas producer QGC

BUSY At Work and QGC Pty Ltd have created the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program. This will develop a local labour force in non-coal seam gas industries in the Western Downs, Gladstone, North Burnett and Banana Shire regions of Queensland.

The program will contribute to creating sustainable communities, attracting 200 apprentices and trainees.

Participation in the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program is free for businesses within the Western Downs, Gladstone, North Burnett and Banana Shire regions. The program will match local businesses with the right apprentice or trainee and then provide a structured mentoring program to support the participant to complete their qualification. The program will complement existing Federal Government incentives available.

Working with small business Hot Sublimation

Job Futures member Interact and employer Kevin Davy from Hot Sublimation talk about how employing a disadvantaged job seeker has been beneficial to business.

Wilmar wins the National Employer Partnership Award

Michelle Reynolds, HR co-ordinator for Victoria Mill, said Job Futures intrinsic knowledge of the sugar industry and Victoria Mill operations made it possible for Wilmar to maximise opportunities for local job seekers.

Wilmar's Victoria Mill has been recognised for their efforts to build career opportunities for the unemployed in the Ingham region of Queensland, being named as the inaugural recipient of the National Employer Partnership Award at the 2014 Job Futures National Conference.

"As one of the most significant employers in the region, Wilmar has shown a genuine commitment to help change lives through employment in Ingham," Job Futures CEO, Matt Little, said. "They were a clear standout to be this year's award recipient."

The national employer partnership award recognises a business that is proactive in reducing local disadvantage by providing sustainable employment opportunities for the long-term unemployed. It also takes into account local Job Futures members who individualise their employment solutions to meet the recruitment expectations of business.

"It's a partnership that works because Job Futures understands the type of roles we have at Wilmar, the skills required for each role, as well as the personal attributes that ensure they thrive as an employee with us," HR co-ordinator for Victoria Mill, Michelle Reynolds, said.

Valuable partnership with Toowoomba employer

Employer AJ Doige from Ability Enterprises talks about how working with Personnel West, a part of Job Futures member Community Solutions, has provided his organisation with a valuable workforce solution.

Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant case study

Michael Ma, the owner of Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant in Coffs Harbour, talks in this video about the rewarding experience of working with Job Futures member CHESS.

Workforce development program participants

Hit the Ground Running is a Job Futures Workforce Development Program that offers on-the-ground training within a potential employer's business.

Employer Australian Hearing and participants talk about the experience of being part of the program.


Chocolate factory offers training

Chocolatier, Ernest Hillier, has placed 22 young people into seasonal work at their Coburg North factory, giving them much needed experience and a boost to their CVs.

CEO of Ernest Hiller, Mark Campbell, said the company joined with Job Futures member Youth Projects to lift employment in the area. "We are very conscious of the high level of youth unemployment in the area and we can offer employment to these young guys and open the door for them to get their first start."

Youth Projects refers people to work at the factory and provides support along the way to both the employer and the participants. The outcomes of this partnership can already be seen with a participant gaining full time permanent employment in the engineering department as a technical assistant, and if he continues to do well, he will move on to an apprenticeship.

FoodWorks partnership meets employer workforce demand

Job Futures member BUSY At Work has developed "Your Skills Your Way", an employer demand-led program for the North Brisbane area. The program provides employers, partner RTOs and job seekers with: a managed job seeker engagement, screening and selection process; development and delivery of a training plan addressing skill sets that have proved successful in the occupation; and, career mapping and mentoring upon placement.

Under this program BUSY At Work will partner with FoodWorks to create approximately 15 retail positions for participants across 10 FoodWorks locations.

The program will also partner with ICE (Institute of Culinary Excellence), QTIC (Queensland Tourism Industry Council), and their members, offering job seekers the opportunity to complete a Scholarship in Culinary Excellence. This will be supported by Brisbane's top chefs who operate five star fine dining restaurants. Upon completion successful scholars will be offered apprenticeships within member businesses. Participants will be supported for 12 months through a partnered mentoring package between BUSY At Work and ICE.