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Employer brokers to match employer needs

The Australian Government will provide $6 million over three years to help match job seekers with the needs of employers.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, announced the Government’s Employer Broker guidelines at the National Employment Services Association Leadership forum.

“We set up the Employer Brokers to ensure employers have access to the skilled and work-ready staff that they need, particularly where there are skills shortages," Mr O’Connor said.

“Employer Brokers will work with our employment services providers and training providers to focus on the needs of local employers.

“The brokers will also help address skills shortages by working with groups of employers in industries experiencing labour shortages.

“Their activities will include connecting job seekers to training in skills that are in local employer demand.

“Employer Brokers are just one of the ways in which the Australian Government’s $3.9 billion reformed employment services will focus on what employers need.”

The new employment services, which begin on 1 July 2009, were developed following consultation with employment service providers, employers, training organisations, welfare bodies and job seekers.

Employer Broker activities will be carried out by Employer Broker panel members selected through the Employment Services Request For Tender 2009-12.

Panel members will be announced early next year. They will then be invited to put forward proposals for activities that will meet employer needs.

Guidelines for Employer Broker Activities are available at www.workplace.gov.au/ESreview.