With a history of driving sustainable employment outcomes for job seekers, the Gold Coast’s dedicated new Employment Facilitator is prepared for the challenge of steering the city through its post-COVID recovery.
Ms Jodi Brackenbury, Executive Manager of Employment Services at Access Community Services, has been contracted in the role, under the Morrison Government’s $62.8 million Local Jobs Program.
Member for McPherson Karen Andrews MP said forging a strong partnership with Ms Brackenbury was key to ensuring the success of the Local Jobs Program.
“The Morrison Government is focused on getting as many job seekers as possible back into work – and in-turn ensure businesses have the skilled staff they need to fulfil their workforce needs,” Mrs Andrews said.
“As the Gold Coast’s Employment Facilitator, Jodi will chair a Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce addressing the needs of the local community, as well as support employers and job seekers to connect to local employment and training opportunities.
“After meeting with Jodi today, I’m confident she has the experience and drive needed to develop local solutions and overcome the unique challenges the Gold Coast has.”
Now in her second week in the role, Ms Brackenbury said she was thrilled to meet with local leaders such as Mrs Andrews and planned to work with the community to obtain the best outcome.
“As both the local Member and Industry Minister, Karen’s involvement will be integral to the success of the Local Jobs Program,” Ms Brackenbury said.
“I plan to work with many Gold Coast leaders to ensure we focus on activities that meet the key priorities of the local industries – both for immediate employment opportunities and skills development – to prepare for future workforce requirements.
“My vision for the Gold Coast post-COVID recovery is to get people back into jobs, reduce the unemployment rate and have a skilled workforce ready to support the growth and innovation of the region.”
Ms Brackenbury has an office in Varsity Lakes, but expects to spend a lot of time on the road with a hands-on approach, and the backing of the Access Community Services team, which is part of the Settlement Services International Group.
The Gold Coast Employment Region is one of 25 regions that will benefit from the Local Jobs Program. The Taskforce will identify projects that can be funded by the Morrison Government through the Local Recovery Fund, ranging from $10,000 to $200,000.
For further information, visit https://www.dese.gov.au/local-jobs-program.