Southcentral Workforce Network (SWN) is a free service connecting workplaces and those who need work with each other. You can get help right here in Brighton, as well as the Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and Southern Midlands council areas. The Tasmanian Community Fund and the State Government have funded the project for residents, including the running of a Jobs Hub in Pontville which also acts as a meeting space for a variety of community groups – currently the Brighton Senior Citizens Club, The Lions Club of Brighton Inc and the Brighton Speak Easy Group are using the building on a fortnightly basis.
DeArne Lane is the Jobs Hub Supervisor at SWN in Pontville. “Our aim is to increase the workforce participation of local people, and help local businesses better connect with employment services,” DeArne shared. “Our services are available to anyone based in the SWN council areas, this includes (but not necessarily limited to), Jobseekers, employers, training providers and community members.”
Since starting in September 2020, SWN has assisted:
- 160 jobseekers to find employment, the delivery of four training programs, 19 traineeships/apprenticeships initiated and 580 business meetings held.
- 60 pre-employment presentations made to job seeker groups and students within the region.
- The distribution of over 350 job seekers’ resumes to businesses within the region. For more information about current vacancies or to check out the training available, head to www.swntas.org or their Facebook page by searching ‘Southcentral Workforce Network’.