Ahead of the peak summer holiday period, hospitality businesses in the Busselton-Margaret River region are connecting with future junior staff members through a recently launched online platform.
Among those being linked to potential future employees via hospogigs.com.au is Hooked Up Fish and Chips food van owner Kirk Rumball, who regularly operates from Surfers Point.
“So far, it’s been really easy to connect with people who are looking for jobs,” Mr Rumball said.
“We’ve advertised a lot on various platforms and it’s a bit hit and miss.
“With Hospo Gigs, there is a target audience of juniors and other people who are keen, who want to get experience.
“And it’s really easy to get that connection quickly. I’ve had more applications through this in a week than I did on other platforms.”
The ‘Ctrl your summer job’ campaign, together with the Hospo Gigs platform, was created by the South West Development Commission to build a pool of potential workers that employers could tap into to fill labour shortages in the hospitality sector.
SWDC chief executive officer Mellisa Teede encouraged hospitality businesses to take advantage of the pipeline of workers coming through the Hospo Gigs platform.
“Initially the target was 14 to 17 year olds wanting casual entry level jobs over the summer holidays. However, due to demand, we have broadened the scope to job seekers of all ages and all jobs in hospitality,” Ms Teede said.