AU: Big workforce provider set to tackle harvest labor shortage

One of Australia's largest operations staff providers is joining the fight to help the Australian grains industry find sufficient skilled harvest labor to get this year's forecast bumper crop harvested.

Programmed is a provider of operations and maintenance services across Australia and New Zealand. Its business model is built around recruiting and deploying a large, directly employed workforce.

In the case of this year's harvest, Programmed executive general manager for Programmed skilled workforce, David Hele said the company would be looking for 3000 workers. Grey nomads, university students, and rural residents will be key targets to help meet the shortfall caused by the COVID-19 inspired shortfall of international labor normally critical to harvest logistics.

"Adventurous Aussies who may normally look to travel overseas for unique experiences should consider an Aussie outback adventure in its place this spring, while our international borders remain closed," Mr. Hele said.

He said Programmed would be looking to fill roles ranging from grain sampling to grain handling, weighbridge operating, customer service, and assisting as plant operators.

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