Training in remote rural communities is key to ensuring remote workers get the best opportunities, with remote developers being key in delivering that success.
The Government says training in remote areas is a key focus for the Rural Development Department, with the RDB developing a series of new and expanded remote employment development opportunities to support this.
The Rural Development and Workforce Minister, James Ashby, says the Government has invested $1.5 billion in training for remote workers since it took office in 2013.
In addition to training in agriculture, the Government is investing in remote training and is working with the private sector to develop new training programs.
Mr Ashby says remote training is an effective way of getting skilled and remote workers into remote jobs.
“There are more than 2 million Australians working in remote work, with more than 1.2 million working in jobs that are remotely available,” he says.
“They need to have a good experience with remote training, but they also need to know how to manage a remote job, so they can have confidence in their skills.”
He says remote work also offers opportunities for the government to identify the best candidates for the remote workforce.
Mr Bradbury is one of the first RDP staff in the remote industry to receive the training.
He is working on a project in New Zealand with the New Zealand Remote Workers Association, where he’s looking to train people in the fields where the country’s remote workers live.
“It’s a great opportunity to develop those skills, but I can’t imagine it’s going to be a sustainable or long-term option,” he said.
“I think it’s a little bit of a risk, it’s not necessarily sustainable in terms of the workforce that we have, but it’s good for me.”
He has also been working with other remote workers to develop training programs in remote towns and cities in New South Wales and Queensland.
Mr Ashton is also working with an RDP agency in Tasmania to provide training in the local remote areas of Tasmania.
“A lot of those skills that we’re going to use in training in Tasmania, we’ve already used in our training in New York,” he explained.
“We’ve trained a lot of people from the New York training, and we’re training now a whole lot more people.”
He also said the RDP’s remote training efforts are also aimed at assisting local employers to find qualified workers in their local area.
“That’s a really important point.
There’s a lot more work to be done, and that’s what we’re working on right now,” he concluded.