Fleurieu unemployment rate better than South Australia's

Jobseeker and nursing student Melina Rieger of Victor Harbor would love to be a motor mechanic, if she were given the chance.
Jobseeker and nursing student Melina Rieger of Victor Harbor would love to be a motor mechanic, if she were given the chance.

REGION - The Fleurieu job market is faring significantly better than the rest of the state, with an unemployment rate of 4.7 per cent.

This compares to South Australia's unemployment rate of 7.1 per cent.

The data, sourced by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), was released a few weeks ago for the month of March.

Sometimes it's easier to train them up the way you want them

Andrew Hill of Hotel Grosvenor

Updated results were released at 11.30am Thursday, May 15.

According to the ABS 2011 census, Alexandrina Council had the highest percentage of its residents participating in the workforce, with 53.4 per cent, or 10,529 people, in the workforce.

Victor Harbor had the lowest participation at 45.1 per cent, or 4980 people, and Yankalilla had 1939 people, or 51.8 per cent.

Workskil Australia national strategy manager Jeff Keyl said the basics for any job seeker looking to enter the labour market are to be motivated, present well and be willing to take entry level positions as a starting point.

"Employers value soft skills, as well as stronger vocational skills and qualifications," he said.

Being flexible with the employer to meet their business needs also helps in sustaining a positive working relationship.

Mr Keyl advised anyone looking for work to do skills training in growth areas in the region.

For the Fleurieu, he said tourism, agriculture, health care - including disability care and aged care, accommodation and retail are key growth industries. He said 14 per cent of Workskil Australia's clients in the region are youth.

Mr Keyl said to keep a steady flow of income, working across multiple jobs, being flexible and getting qualified are key strategies to finding and keeping a job.

Hotel Grosvenor's Andrew Hill said hospitality is a good area to work in for flexible hours. He particularly thought the industry suited mums and dads looking for part time or casual work.

"I don't discriminate on age," he said.

Common job types he seeks employees for include general maintenance, cleaning, casual waitressing and bar work.

"They don't necessarily need to be fully qualified," he said.

"Sometimes it's easier to train them up the way you want them."

Attributes he liked about potential candidates were they are clean, presentable and have good communication skills.

I would prefer to be a mechanic, as it is where my heart lies

Victor Harbor jobseeker Melina Rieger

Aged care company ACH Group has a presence in Goolwa, Yankalilla and McLaren Vale. The company employs 53 people in McLaren Vale, 91 in Yankalilla and 82 in Goolwa, and there are others based in the city who visit Fleurieu customers.

Many of the positions the company hires include care workers and nurses. A spokesperson said opportunities to work in aged care also included maintenance, lifestyle co-ordinators, administration and cleaning.

The company provides traineeships for those who are new to the industry and pursue TAFE opportunities.

"There are opportunities to experience the sector first," she said.

Melina Rieger, 21, of Victor Harbor, is a nursing student, but would love to be a mechanic.

She started a light vehicle mechanical course through a recruiting company and that failed.

She then started working for another mechanical business, but was made redundant as the company folded.That was over a year ago and she has not been able to find work since.

She has tried cold calling businesses, going through a job searcher, and applying for jobs she has seen advertised.

All the jobs Melina has applied for were within an hour and 20 minute drive from home.

"Places that generally accepted me or gave me an interview were in town," she said.

At the moment, she is studying a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing at TAFE.

"It's alright, but I would prefer to be a mechanic, as it is where my heart lies," she said.

Her advice to fellow jobseekers is study and acquire more certificates.

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