Queensland’s Growcom has appointed Craig Dillon to service agriculture employers across south-east Queensland to alleviate any stress they may face when trying to source new staff members.
“Agriculture is a volatile industry, with seasonal changes highly influencing workface needs, and it can be an uphill battle trying to promote its benefits to jobseekers,”said Growcom Workforce Development Manager & Agriculture Workforce Officer for southern Queensland, Karen George.
“Mr Dillon has extensive experience in the recruitment sector and has worked on and off with farmers for more than a decade. Craig’s rural beginnings, having grown up in a little farming country town on the Murray, have put him in the perfect position to understand farmers and where they come from.”
Mr Dillon said he’s worked with big and small businesses in previous recruitment roles.
“As a business development manager, I’ve dealt with a wide variety of businesses from entry level right through to white collar, and worked closely with tradesmen and recruitment companies to match them to suitably skilled positions,” he said.
“I have also worked with a lot of the small crop farms around Caboolture, helping them to source staff and meet their labour needs, so I know how tough and challenging it can be.”
A fitter and turner by trade, having left his tools long behind him, Mr Dillon is enthusiastic to take what he’s learnt in recruitment and apply it to agriculture.
“I’m mostly looking forward to assisting the growers and getting to know them on a personal level to find out how I can make their lives a bit easier,” he said.
Mr Dillon begins his role as south-east Queensland’s Agriculture Workforce Officer in early October.