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The Economic Underdog
14 September @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm$30 – $55
This workshop explores stories from the field – warts and all accounts from successful entrepreneurs going to extraordinary lengths and overcoming workforce constraints.
How do you house your workers when they don’t speak the language, don’t have a passport, have zero references and your last address was a refugee camp? Successful entrepreneur Jo Gardiner from Australian Wildflowers does tells her story and how goverment action or inaction can help or hinder future critical workforce settlement.
Tom Smith, Owner Kia Ora Piggery and Cr Cheryl McKinnon (Mayor Loddon Shire) give a 360 perspective of the impacts of transplanting over a hundred men women and children from the Philippines into the tiny Victorian country town of Pyramid Hill. Cr Sheryl McKinnon shows the transformational effect Tom’s recruitment strategy has had on the entire district.
Long-time workforce development and transition expert Terry Kennedy provides Metro examples and distils a confusing array of government resources down to some simple, effective recommendations for businesses in your region to easily navigate.
If you need to understand how workforce development works, come and take a look under the hood as a range of experts and practitioners share their knowledge and experiences. They will expose what works and what doesn’t and who to go to first if you need government assistance.
Tom Smith – Owner Kia Ora Piggery
Jo Gardner – Australian Wild Flowers
Terry Kennedy – Employment Facilitator
Cr Cheryl McKinnon – Loddon Shire Mayor
September 14 | 12 Noon – 4pm
St Kilda Town Hall
99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182
EDA Members $30 Non-EDA Members $55