MEDIA RELEASE: Morrison Government appoints new Employment Facilitator for Capital Region

Job seekers and employers in the Canberra region are set to benefit from the appointment of a new Employment Facilitator.

Janine Linklater is one of 51 new Employment Facilitators to be appointed by the Morrison Australian Government, as part of the $276 million Local Jobs Program being rolled out across the country. 

Ms Linklater brings with her decades of experience, having grown up with a family owned and operated business. She has also assisted many business owners with developing and successfully managing their own operation.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said Ms Linklater’s appointment, which takes effect from 11 October, will support businesses and people living in Canberra and the wider region, including the Snowy Mountains, Young, Yass and Queanbeyan-Palerang.

‘Since commencing her first business in 1995, Janine has enjoyed creating and developing multiple businesses from start-up stage,’ Minister Robert said.

‘She has a sound understanding of the challenges faced by employers in the current labour market.

‘This experience will prove invaluable in her new role assisting employers and job seekers across the Capital Region.’

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja said Ms Linklater’s background in coaching, mentoring and advising others would help meet the needs of employers looking for staff in industries including accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance.

‘Janine has worked with a diverse range of employers throughout the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW, to help them achieve their strategic objectives,’ Senator Seselja said.

‘She has a passion for programs which provide opportunities for the personal and professional development of young people, women, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

‘We are very fortunate to have her take up this new position in the Capital Region.’

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the appointment would help projects that would help communities across Southern New South.

‘The Morrison Government’s Employment Facilitators work with Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces and local businesses to help our regions,’ Senator Molan said.

‘The wide-reaching effects of this pandemic have impacted many in our community and resources like this are so critical to helping job seekers and businesses bounce back.’

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, Luke Howarth, said the Local Jobs Program will identify employment opportunities and the skills required for these roles as the Capital Region emerges from the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

‘The Morrison Government is committed to helping local communities come up with local solutions, bringing together businesses, trainers and educators to develop projects that deliver jobs,’ Assistant Minister Howarth said.

The Morrison Government’s Local Jobs Program aims to increase the capacity of workforces at the regional level, by driving local solutions to local challenges. This includes providing training and upskilling opportunities.

More details can be found at: https://www.dese.gov.au/local-jobs-program 

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The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Hon Luke Howarth MP
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja 
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

Senator Jim Molan AO, DSC
Senator for New South Wales