The Bundaberg food and beverage manufacturing sector is one of four key Queensland regional sectors to receive more funding support by the Queensland Government to help with the implementation of locally focused and led workforce planning initiatives.
The Queensland Government’s new Grow Your Own program is ensuring key industries in the regions remain competitive – with ready-access to suitable training programs to attract new workers and upskill existing workers.
The program will support the delivery of comprehensive workforce plans to nurture Bundaberg’s regional industry workforces.
Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer spoke about the latest round of funding.
“The Queensland Government is helping regions to ‘grow their own’ workforce – supporting tailored plans that will help regional industries address workforce risks and challenges,” she said.
“The first four regional industries supported by the ‘Grow Your Own’ program are all essential to local economies and job creation.
“The Bundaberg economy is worth $8.2 billion dollars and local food and beverage manufacturing contributes approximately $686 million dollars toward this – or 8.3% total region production. In Wide Bay, the forestry and timber industry plays an important role, supporting jobs in the Gympie and Maryborough communities,” Farmer said.
Donna Bonney – Chair, Jobs Queensland Board further elaborated on the program.
“Jobs Queensland is engaging with local industry leaders to identify their workforce challenges and opportunities.
“Changes in technology, workforce demographics, and the evolution of hybrid work practices are reshaping the way we attract, recruit and retain workers with the required skills. We will continue to work with them and provide support so they can ‘grow their own’ regional workforce to meet their current and future needs.”
Other Queensland regional industries partnering with Jobs Queensland and receiving initial funding and support are:
- the Wide Bay forestry sector
- the Cairns maritime/marine sector
- and the Far North Queensland water sector as the first four regional industries to partner with Jobs Queensland.
The Grow Your Own program helps local key stakeholders and industry representatives to identify workforce needs, plan what skills will be required, and map how the region and industry can meet the needs of the sector and support the region’s economic goals.