The City of Ballarat, working with local city leaders, has identified skilled migration as an opportunity to address the city’s labor shortages.
Together with HOST International and its subsidiary Regional Opportunities Australia (ROA), the City of Ballarat and local leaders of the Committee for Ballarat, GROW Central Highlands and Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council will work together to pilot an industry mentorship program that aims to help bridge the gap between skills shortages in the city of Ballarat and skilled migrants who wish to move to Ballarat for employment opportunities.
Candidates and local businesses will be matched to meet each other’s needs in the form of a business mentorship program.
The mentorship period will last 6 weeks, allowing the company and the mentee to meet, build relationships, share information, network and help with career development.
It will also allow the mentee to see what life is like in Ballarat and understand the profession in the city and discuss employment opportunities, with the company or in the industry in Ballarat.
The program will provide support for mentees and their families to relocate to Ballarat if they obtain permanent employment after the mentorship period.
Within Ballarat, 15 companies have expressed interest in becoming mentors, with matches underway with 15-20 migrant mentees currently living in capitals such as Sydney and Melbourne
Ballarat City Mayor Cr Daniel Moloney said we are acutely aware of the labor shortages affecting businesses, the community and the city’s economy.
“There’s a lot of great work being done at the national level, but the work we can do on the ground here in our hometown can be so beneficial to our community,” he said.
“If we can work together to bridge the gap between skills shortages in Ballarat and skilled migrants looking for a community to join, the impact on the city would be incredible.”
The mentoring process started on October 24, 2022 and will be followed throughout the 6 weeks.