Kinexus, Australia's specialist recruiter to defence industry, will open an office in Middleton. The office opened officially on Tuesday, October 12 and present was Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.
"South Australia has been at the centre of Kinexus' delivery capability since 2010.With so much Defence activity based in the state, it made sense for Kinexus to have a presence here," former Navy hydrographer and Kinexus' South Australia Regional Manager Toby Wright said.
Kinexus has had offices in regional SA since 2018 when the Victor Harbor office was opened. With an initial capacity for two workers, the new Middleton office has space for 10, as well as boardroom facilities.
Ms Sharkie was impressed with the Middleton office and offered assistance when possible.
"If there is a way I can help in some way at Federal level, I will. I am very interested in this initiative, especially helping our veterans," Ms Sharkie said.
This region was chosen to capitalise on the availability of ex-ADF talent in the region.
"With restricted job opportunities, many young people who grow up in this region join the Defence Force," Toby said.
"When they discharge, they come home here. Of the Middleton office staff members, five out of the seven are ex-ADF."
Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes said council was pleased to welcome Kinexus to the business community.
"The work they do in defence industry recruitment and providing employment for ADF veterans is important and valued. Their presence in Middleton will be welcomed by locals looking for work in the defence industry and by returning veterans," Mr Parkes said.
Kinexus Founder and Director, Raj Kutty, has explained that not only does opening an office in Middleton bolster regional employment in Australia, it also exemplifies the strategy of taking the work to the workers.
"Toby is one of multiple Kinexus staff members who lived in this region before we set up an office here. We identified that their work could be undertaken from any location and acted accordingly," Raj said.
This strategy is something Kinexus encourages clients to do as much as possible, as the Australian defence industry is currently in the midst of a significant worker shortage.
Kinexus is an Australian and veteran-owned business. Kinexus supports Australia's defence industry capability through permanent and contract recruitment, as well as other services including project recruitment, interview training and workforce insights and mapping.