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Up To $1.657m Boost to Local Economy for Council Jobs Through Working for Victoria Fund

Date: 
Thursday, 21 May, 2020 - 13:00
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Locals are being encouraged to apply for up to 33 new full-time equivalent jobs at Mansfield Shire Council through the Working for Victoria initiative after Council was granted up to $1,647,342 to fund the roles by the Victorian Government.

Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said this will be a huge boost for the community, allowing Council to employ local people who may have lost their employment due to COVID-19 restrictions.  However, Council will only receive the funding for the positions it fills.

“The 33 full-time equivalent roles are across the breadth of our organisation, so if community members have the skills required, this would improve their personal situations as employment will give them 6 months of financial stability and connections to the community,” Cr Attley said.

“The benefits for the broader local economy and community of having more people in work are obvious, with flow-on effects for local businesses. If many local people have the skills to fill the roles, we anticipate it will also contribute to keeping the community intact as it should reduce the likelihood that residents will have to move away from the district to find work,” she said.

Cr Attley said for people to be considered for the roles, they must register via the Working for Victoria online platform (https://www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria ).

“They can register with Working for Victoria now and be ready to apply when Council’s roles are advertised on the platform,” she said.

The funding to Council includes on-costs and allowances for training and equipment required for the roles.  People can apply for the roles whether they lost their job due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) or have been without work for a longer time.

Council will offer roles on six-month terms in the following departments:

  • Community health,
  • Corporate services,
  • Infrastructure services,
  • Development services and admin roles in several departments.

“Council is really pleased to take part in Working for Victoria and is looking forward to welcoming our new employees on board. We’re excited about the amount of work we can get through in the next six months and the benefits of that for the community,” Cr Attley said.

“Council will advertise job opportunities on the online platform, conduct an initial screening and select from the full list of applicants. Our jobs should start to be listed in the next two weeks.”

Cr Attley said Council has considered the fact that all the roles advertised may not be filled, as it will be dependent on the skills available within the recruitment pool provided by the Working for Victoria fund. 

The Victorian Government has struck agreements with 28 councils to support more than 2,300 people into jobs.

ENDS

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