After a difficult and unpredictable year for employees, jobseekers and businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and The Department of Education, Skills and Employment began a proactive program of economic revitalisation, identifying 25 priority regions across Australia to benefit from a the creation of a Local Jobs Program.
Asuria is delighted to announce, that with Adelaide North one of the 25 regions selected, the Department has appointed our very own Paul Williams as Employment Facilitator for the region, where he'll take on the critical job of overseeing the Local Jobs & Skills Taskforce, including the distribution of a $780,000 Local Recovery Fund to address the impacts of COVID-19.
Supported on the Taskforce by local employers, employment service providers and training organisations, as Employment Facilitator, a big part of Paul’s job will be to help as many people in the area as possible to find suitable jobs or training opportunities.
The creation of a Local Jobs Plan by the Taskforce will identify job needs specific to Adelaide North, helping to decide what kinds of programs and initiatives the Local Recovery Fund should be spent on. To be considered, applications should be valued between $10,000 and $200,000
At Asuria, we couldn't think of anyone more fitting to deliver this huge opportunity for Adelaide North than Paul. Holding experience with government and community organisations, as well as a background as a Southern States Regional Manager for NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) Program Delivery, Paul combines a huge amount of experience, passion and care in his entrepreneurial efforts to assist the region.
Paul will be assisted in the role by Asuria's Michelle Rankine, who we’re also proud to announce has been appointed as Support Officer. A specialist in recruitment and human services for small, medium and large companies, Michelle most recently served as one of our dedicated ParentsNext Case Managers at our Woodville office in South Australia.
When we asked Paul to tell us why he thinks he and the Local Jobs Taskforce will make a difference to the region, he said: "Adelaide North has a great reputation for resilience and the ability to bounce back after setbacks, and I have every confidence that the Commonwealth Local Jobs Program will identify exciting and prosperous synergies in the months to come.”
Our Executive Chairman, Con Kittos, also shared a few words with us, saying: “Asuria's focus on delivering local solutions, for local people, through local understanding puts us in the perfect position to implement this fantastic Government program, with Paul and Michelle sure to serve as an outstanding Employment Facilitator and Support Officer.”
With Paul leading the way, we’re confident that the Local Jobs Program (LJP), funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills, will have an important impact on the lives of job seekers across Adelaide North, as we look to move past COVID-19 together in the year ahead.