Online service set to boost job growth

By CRAIG McTEAR

JOBS growth on the Coffs Coast will be boosted with the launch of an online skills matching service.

Coffs Harbour City, Bellingen Shire and Nambucca Shire councils are involved in the initiative, which can be found at www.coffscoastjobs.com.au.

The database aims to match skilled people with local businesses and employment agencies.

Coffs Harbour City Council's economic development manager, Jenny Oloman, said our region was no different to anywhere else in terms of how the skilled workers shortage restricted economic growth.

"Attracting new residents of working age to provide our employers with appropriate skills is a key driver of economic sustainability," she said.

The website allows workers to test the health of the local job market in their area of expertise before making a move to the area.

"So far, 10 employers and 95 individuals have already signed up," she said.

Individuals register their details and skills on the database, and businesses looking for specific skills can browse this list and request the registered person contact them.

Skilled people looking for work opportunities register their details and nominate their work sector, and employers in these areas already registered will automatically receive an email outlining their profile.

If the employer is interested in learning more about the applicant, they can also send an email with their details and a request to contact them.



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