On 22 April at the East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business After Hours event, local business owners and stakeholders were Welcomed to Country by local Miriuwung woman and MG Corp Board Member, Carol Hapke, for the concept launch of the Kununurra Employment Hub. In a massive collaborative effort between East Kimberley Job Pathways (EKJP), Kimberley Group Training (KGT), MG Corporation – 100+ Jobs Initiative, and Wunan Employment and Training, the Kununurra Employment Hub is a one stop shop for employers and jobseekers. EKJP’s Antonio Giometti delivered the main presentation of the evening, taking attendees through the concept and plans for the Kununurra Employment Hub, and was later joined by Maud Kerns (CEO, KGT), Keith Pitt (Manager, 100+ Jobs –MG Corp), and Richard Beeck (Manager, Wunan Employment & Training).

With the intention of creating a space in which employers and jobseekers can share, the Kununurra Employment Hub will provide information on current providers and their services; a view of upcoming employment outreach events; a jobs board showing all work placements and traineeships in one central place; and a shared working space for EKJP, MG Corp, KGT, and Wunan Employment and Training. The Hub will also act as a central office and co-location for the four collaborating organisations. The goal is to create a cohesive and coordinated approach for employers, providing all aspects of training, incentives, retention, and employability of local people within their businesses as a first preference. Alongside this, it will also provide a space for jobseekers to access and discover local employment opportunities of interest to them. The Employment Hub will support jobseekers in determining which opportunities are a good 􀀂t for them; their readiness for the roles as well as skills required to undertake the roles; any upskilling or additional training that may be required or be beneficial; and getting them job ready through mentoring, coaching, training, and education on job application processes, inclusive of resume creation and maintenance through to interview preparation and practice.

The East Kimberley is facing an unmet demand for labour hire, affecting small, medium, and large business, as well as emerging industries. The East Kimberley Employment Roundtable 2020 identified this need and through their collective experience in employment and its challenges, along with knowledge of opportunities in the region, exploration into how to solve this problem and bring local people into sustainable employment brought about the concept of the Kununurra Employment Hub.

The roundtable also identified that it is a priority that local labour supply works to improve the employment of the Aboriginal cohort in the region, and have designed a focus on long term Aboriginal and local employment, as opposed to reliance on short term international traveller/backpacker style arrangements.

In an operational context, the Kununurra Employment Hub will provide employers with a well integrated system, and a better understanding of subsidies, supports, and new employee engagement, in relation to first job and long term potential employees. The Hub will also have a separate space for use by employers to conduct meetings or interviews with prospective employees.

Support of Employers:

EKJP:

  • Support employers who have job openings and skills needs, by working to design a structured pre –employment program. The approach co-designs the job pathways with the employers and embeds accredited and soft skills training for our job seekers.

KGT:

  • Labour hire agreements with host employers in the Kimberley region part of the functions of our labour hire agreements are payroll, all pre-employment requirements such as WWC, police checks, medicals, workplace inductions.
  • Focus is to sign up Trainees and Apprentices and secure placements.

MG Corp – 100+ Jobs:

  • The 100+ Jobs Initiative is a new way of viewing Indigenous employment in the East Kimberley and has been designed to target those most vulnerable in the communities and help them obtain meaningful and sustained employment.

Wunan Employment and Training:

  • Advice or information regarding Aboriginal employees, to build a culturally aware and inclusive workplace.
  • Providing advice and information on recruitment which may include job analysis, application assessment methods, conducting the recruitment process or appointing a new staff member.

Support of Jobseekers:

EKJP:

  • Jobseekers are offered a pathway to learn new skills or build upon existing skills, to increase their experience and work readiness through participation in work – like activities.

KGT:

  • Work directly with Apprentice support, coordinate and assist with sign-ups for Trainees and apprentices.
  • Coordinate the Training that they complete whilst on the Traineeship such as working with Host and RTO to implement Training plan for participants.
  • One-on-one support for all our participants such as advocacy and support and referral to other Agencies.

MG Corp – 100+ Jobs:

  • The 100+ Jobs team can provide one on one personalised interaction with each participant to build strong relationships which allows us to gain their trust and confidence in our ability to assist them in gaining employment.

Wunan Employment and Training:

  • Information about apprenticeships/traineeship is provided to any client type.
  • Qualified career practitioners work with individual JSC clients during their career guidance session to develop a Career Action Plan (CAP).
  • Assisting an individual JSC client with interview preparation including interview techniques or arranging mock interviews.

If you are seeking more information on the Kununurra Employment Hub, including how you can get involved, please contact East Kimberley Job Pathways at communications@ekjp.org.au