FIFO coordinator to help QLD jobseekers

Two fly-in fly-out coordinators have been appointed in Queensland to help clear up confusion and connect skilled and unskilled workers with mining jobs in their regions.

The Government-funded coordinators will be placed at the Gold Coast and Wide Bay Burnett, south of Gladstone, and work for the non-government organisation Regional Development Australia.

RDA Wide Bay Burnett executive officer Paul Massingham told Australian Mining the coordinators would help FIFO and drive-in drive-out workers find mining work closer to home.

He said they would also advise job seekers on the training and qualifications that would give them the best chance of scoring work in the industry.

"We're not a training organisation and we're not a recruitment organisation," he said.

"Our job is to work with industry employers and find out what their needs are."

"We then identify people in the workforce and put them in touch with the organisations that can provide them with the appropriate skills, qualifications, or opportunities."

Massingham told Australian Mining as the number of mining services multiplied job seekers were finding it difficult to pick the right jobs or training.

"Because there're so many players providing training and services it gets confusing for the jobseeker, that’s one of the things we need to assist in," he said.

He also said mining companies had told RDA traditional information sources and recruiters were not effectively connecting workers with the right jobs or training programs.

The Commonwealth and QLD Government are set to contribute $400,000 over two years to the FIFO coordinator program, and Massingham said the initiative would soon be announcing a partnership with several mining companies.

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