Local Jobs Program connects employers with job seekers at Port Lincoln Jobs Market

Jobs market participant

Tricia Drew, attendee at Port Lincoln Jobs Market. Image credit: Robert Lang Photography

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The inaugural Port Lincoln Jobs Market in South Australia has been a huge success for both businesses and job seekers, with 57 job offers made at the event.

The Jobs Market in June was delivered through the Local Jobs Program, and presented by Local Jobs Program Employment Facilitator Lisa Brock and her team.

Over 20 businesses were connected to the 260 attendees looking for work, with jobs on offer ranging from aged care, trades, fishing industry, retail, tourism, and hospitality roles from entry level to qualified professionals.

The Jobs Market coincided with the loss of 135 jobs at a local production company, with retrenched workers able to immediately re-connect with the jobs available in the region.

Port Lincoln Jobs Market stalls

Port Lincoln Jobs Market. Image credit: Robert Lang Photography

Two attendees, Norm Jeffries, and Tricia Drew were beaming after being offered roles with Cummins Mill by employer Bill Butterfield.  Tricia, 72, was overjoyed to be offered an office administration role. Norm, aged 62, is a shearer by trade and said he secured a Warehouse Mill hand role, starting two days later.

“The best part was I met my new employer face to face, no computers, no internet, no phone calls. I met Bill on Monday, got offered the job, started Wednesday, and now I am learning all there is to know about rat food, chook food, duck food and horse food. I packed 8 ton of feed on the first day, 20 pallets of food, I am using the forklift, and learning a little bit of everything,” Norm said.

Lisa Brock noted the success of the event in connecting employers needing workers directly with a suitable workforce, especially after the impacts of the pandemic, and in making the hidden jobs market more visible in the Port Lincoln community.  

“Local businesses in Port Lincoln and across regional South Australia are experiencing challenges in getting workers, and the limited mobility of workers within Australia and internationally means that it is more important than ever to develop our local talent pipeline and support local people into work.

“The Port Lincoln Jobs Market provided an opportunity for employers to better connect with people in the community who offer a diverse range of skills, backgrounds and experiences, and help them better understand the types of work, career pathways and industries that are available in the local community,” said Lisa.

More information 

The Local Jobs Program brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to support job seekers and their communities in each region. Find out more about the Local Jobs Program and connect with your local Employment Facilitator.

Correct at time of publication.