These former tourism workers are helping fill labour gaps in the aged care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak
When these three i-Kiribati tourism industry workers were stood down a couple of months ago, the Pacific Labour Facility supported their relocation, provided accommodation and food vouchers, and helped them find new roles in the aged care sector.
Picking citrus and keeping their distance: Horticulture during the time of COVID-19
When coronavirus restrictions began, Simfresh – which produces almost 2 million boxes of citrus annually from farms in NSW and Queensland – was “already ahead of the game” in helping its workers stay healthy and happy during the pandemic, operations manager Luke Cini says.
‘Best picking season ever’: How recruiting Pacific workers has helped Simfresh grow
Simfresh is a family-owned business with farms in New South Wales and Queensland. The company supplies around 1.8 million boxes of citrus each year to the domestic and export markets. Having recently expanded its growing operations, Simfresh has had difficulty finding enough workers to meet its increased labour needs.
Saving money, making connections and developing new skills
K&S Contracting specialises in forestry and weed control. The business signed up to the Pacific Labour Scheme in 2018 after struggling to find reliable local labour for forestry work. It currently employs 5 Tuvaluans who are now active members of the local community.