Career Co Australia is a South Australian career development organisation based in Port Augusta that aims to boost growth in the region by connecting job hunters with prospective employers.
Founder and Director Emma Davies said Career Co was born from her long-term passion for finding someone the right job.
“I have always been in the workforce and employment sector, in a number of different roles,” she said.
“I knew there was a lot of opportunity in this sector, there were gaps around providing talent solutions where it creates people and purpose.”
Career Co focuses on local recruitment with purposeful connection, unlocking local potential through collaborations, appraisals and intensive coaching for both individuals and businesses.
Having lived her whole life in the regions, Davies has always held a passion for rural South Australia and understands how it can be challenging for locals to access opportunities.
“Career Co is focussing on regional areas within South Australia,” she said.
“The types of people who live in the regions, and the industry and businesses that reside in the regions have an abundance to offer, but this can often be overlooked.”
“I hope to really open up opportunities and show off the worth of these areas, and how they contribute to Australia.”
Career Co has recently taken a leading role in establishing USG Jobs, an online portal of employment opportunities for people living in the Upper Spencer Gulf.
Launching last month, the portal contains advertisements for jobs in a large range of industries, based anywhere from Jamestown through to Woomera or Iron Knob.
Davies said the portal makes it easier for organisations to connect with local talent to fill vacant positions and currently contains almost 700 job listings.
“USG Jobs will help to unlock the potential of the local workforce in major industry projects,” she said.
The portal is funded by BHP and OZ Minerals, who are leading employers in the area.
BHP Olympic Dam Head of Human Resources Stephanie Barrett said BHP was pleased to support the portal through its $50 million Vital Resources Fund.
“The fund was established to help support regional Australian communities respond and recover from the challenges of COVID-19,” she said.
“Getting people into employment or engaged in relevant skills training is a key step in the Upper Spencer Gulf’s post-COVID-19 recovery.”
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