The School Leavers#WorkandWander program could be a way forward for school leavers. It provides paid work and a bit of an adventure.
This is a State government program which is trying to attract workers to help harvest crops. Workers are needed for fruit, vegetables and agriculture crops.
I just got this email through from Brook Lodge Backpackers who asked me to spread the word about picking jobs in Donnybrook:
Brook Lodge backpackers
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are looking for workers to pick fruit from November onwards.
If you are looking for extra cash in the holidays, please get in touch with us.
- If you relocate more than 100kms from your home (Donnybrook is 198kms from Perth City), the Government will pay you up to $40 per day towards your accommodation costs.
- They may also pay you a one-off travel allowance of $150 to come and work in Donnybrook.
(Allowances are for Australian Residents and Citizens only)
If you don’t have a car, we can provide transport to and from the farms
Our accommodation per person per week:
Twin/double = $170 4-bed dorm = $155 6-bed-dorm = $150
Tel: (08) 9731 1520 or 0448 600 703
This is not the only place to find work. You can also try:
The WA Government ‘Work and Wander out Yonder’ marketing campaign encourages young Western Australians to have a backpacking adventure in WA. As a first step it would be great is students could create worker profile at: https://www.jobsinregionalwa.com.au
On that page the student go to the Looking for a Job Registration page that includes an “Elevator Pitch – Tell us about who you are”. In that section Students should consider they type of work they are interested in and include terms like ‘looking for summer work in agriculture’ ‘interested in working on a farm’ as well as any past work experience ‘I have driven my uncle’s tractor’ as some examples. Students can also search for jobs on Gumtree and Seek as a useful place to see jobs already on offer and even apply directly.
Harvest Trail Services
The Harvest Trails Facebook page has been advertising lots of openings
This is a Federal government service that finds workers for fruit/vege growers and vineyards in South West and around Perth’s outer North Eastern area. They are keen to connect with school leavers and have jobs available in coming weeks in Waroona, Margaret River, Lancelin, Gingin, Manjimup, Donnybrook, Bullsbrook as a starting point. I suggest anyone looking for work follow them on Facebook – Rural Enterprises Harvest Trail Services or email them.
Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme
The WA Government has announced a $3 million in the ‘Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme’.
A daily accommodation rebate of up $40 p/night is paid for each night away from the worker’s usual place of residence, where the worker relocates more than 100km from their home to undertake agriculture, fisheries or food processing work in regional WA. Paid on a rebate system, the rate of a maximum of $40 night ($280 week) is available for up to 12 weeks (capped at $3,360 per person) where they have provided evidence of paying for accommodation from the 21 September 2020.
They can claim a relocation allowance if they have relocated more than 100kms from their usual place of residence. $150 is paid for employment taken up in in Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid-West, Goldfields. $350 in n Gascoyne & Pilbara $350; and $500 for employment in Kimberley. The relocation payment claim be claimed even if they are not claiming the accommodation rebate (if they are getting free accommodation from a friend or relative as an example).
Claims open on 21st October, and they can register online to be advised as soon as claim forms and guidelines are available.
To find tips on how to prepare for this work go to Year 12 – Do these things now.
To build your career portfolio during your experience check out It’s Who You Know that Counts.
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