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19 November, 2021

THE BEST HOLIDAY HARVEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

Senior school students looking for farm work are encouraged to sign up for the FNQ Holiday Harvest campaign in Australia’s third largest fruit producing region.


The campaign aims to match students with farm opportunities for the holiday period, with industry hopeful it may help ease the current seasonal labour shortages being experienced by growers in Far North Queensland. 

The campaign is being coordinated by Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network manager Leanne Kruss, who will ensure the match between the student and the farming enterprise is the right one. 

Various factors will be taken into consideration including the number of weeks the student wants to work, transport, strengths and skill base and ensuring the student is aware and understands the work commitment. FNQ Growers president Joe Moro said the region was heading into a busy labour period with lychees and mangoes, two of its main crops, preparing to harvest. 

“Our industries are grappling with labour shortages so any initiative that is aimed at filling that gap is most welcome,” Mr Moro said. 

“It’s a great opportunity for students to earn holiday money and farming enterprises to secure much needed labour.” Students may be eligible for a $1500 bonus to work in seasonal roles in agriculture. 

More information on this is available at:  https://www.qld.gov.au/about/pickqld/pickqld-bonus


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