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Rewarding community partnerships help promote jobs

Jul 20, 2023

To provide quality in-home aged care and disability support services, the recruitment team at Community Based Support (CBS) understand the importance of attracting individuals who are passionate about caring for some of the most vulnerable in the community. With a national shortage of support workers in aged and disability services, this is not as simple as it may seem. One way of addressing the shortage of workers is by heading out into the community and participating in local job fairs and events targeted at job seekers to promote careers at CBS.

CBS recently focused on two major jobs fairs in southern Tasmania; the Glenorchy Jobs Fair held by the Glenorchy Jobs Hub and the Huonville job expo hosted by the Southern Employment & Training Network. A booth was set up with informative materials about the range and nature of services provided by CBS as well as details about how to apply for a position.

The team shared stories to show the positive impact support workers have on clients’ lives, highlighting the importance of living the CBS values day to day. The aim was to connect with job seekers seeking meaningful careers that support  people to maintain their independence.

Information about professional support and growth opportunities available at CBS was also shared. Access to training programs to equip support workers with essential skills, schedule flexibility, competitive remuneration and an inclusive work environment that values every team member’s contributions were key discussion points.

By engaging with the community via job fairs and community events, CBS has successfully attracted people who understand the importance of quality care and support. The job fairs generated an increase in applications from those seeking to make a positive impact and who were drawn to committing to improving lives within their community.

Alice Carroll, Executive Manager Human Resources at CBS sees the benefits in taking part in community outreach events, saying “Attending jobs fairs is a great way for CBS to meet with local jobseekers and share what a career with us can look like. We discuss the importance of our values, pathways for qualified but inexperienced candidates, training opportunities and how to make an application stand out”.

New team members are selected based on how well they embody the CBS values, leading to a more consistent and quality service for our clients.  The staff who attended on the days enjoyed connecting with the community and also felt a sense of belonging and pride in sharing CBS’ mission.

“Jobs Fairs are also great opportunities to promote the services CBS offers, talking with community members about ways in which we may be able to assist, and to strengthen relationships with councils and training organisations” says Alice.

Visit our website to find out more about working at CBS and if you’re looking for support work, we have a dedicated page outlining the application process.

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