Kangaroo Island hosts 'Everything Employment' event

Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly opened the "Everything Employment" event at the Kingscote Town Hall on Thursday, April 11.

The forum was attended by school students, job seekers, employers and employment and training organisations.

The event provided local employers the chance to put forward their most challenging issues to the relevant organisations and find out about current options that may assist or resolve these issues.

The event also provided an opportunity for job seekers to gain some insights into current and future job prospects on Kangaroo Island, and have their approach to job applications "road-tested" with professionals and employers.

Mr Pengilly opened the forum by talking about how things had changed since he was paid $17 a week for work on his father's farm after leaving school in 1967.

He said primary production and agriculture were still important employers on the Island, while tourism and hospitality continued to grow.

"Today the opportunities are boundless," he said, encouraged students present to choose something they enjoyed, pointing out they could have six different jobs in their careers.

The forum was also an opportunity for Monique Hayward from Workskil to present a certificate of thanks to Jason Fryar from Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs.

The KI egg producer that had grown from 400 chickens in 1992 to 60,000 today had taken on many local KI job seekers over the years through Workskil.

Event organiser and ATEC KI workforce coordinator, Maria Morgan passed on her sincere appreciation to all of the local and mainland employment and training agencies and organisations, who made the time to be available at the event.

"It was a rare opportunity to have you all in the same room, at the ready, to assist and support our local employers, job seekers, school-leavers and students," Ms Morgan said.

"Overall, the afternoon was a great success for those who participated - many thanks again to everyone involved."

Special mention to Practical Consulting, Kangaroo Island Council, KI Community Centre (Junction Australia), the Department for Innovation & Skills and The Islander newspaper.

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