Auswide employment agency announces redundancies

NAROOMA OFFICE: The Narooma office of the Auswide Projects employment agencies where like the other Auswide offices there will be job losses.

NAROOMA OFFICE: The Narooma office of the Auswide Projects employment agencies where like the other Auswide offices there will be job losses.

THE board of employment agency Auswide announced on Wednesday further redundancies across the organisation.

Some of the services will be merged with Campbell Page but there are job losses in areas of training and corporate in offices across the South Coast, including at Narooma.

Spokesperson for the board Libby Hepburn said Auswide, like many similar service providers in this sector, had been faced with a significant contraction of business of over the last 18 months due to changes in Government policies and the inability of the organisation to secure renewal of current contracts or secure new business.

“The Board has been working on future options for the organisation which have included seeking a merge with likeminded and larger organisations.

Unfortunately, it has been not been possible to secure a complete merge of all current Auswide programs with one organisation,” she said.

“With the aim of securing the maximum number of programs, services and jobs in the region, the board is now in discussion with several organisations and Commonwealth and State Governments to secure the transfer of some current contracts/services and associated staff.”

The board has decided to discontinue training services and the organisation is looking at options for existing students.

As a result there are a number of staff in the corporate area and training services whose positions have now been declared redundant.

Meetings have been held with staff directly impacted regarding the developments.

“We have been working hard to minimize the impact of these decisions," Hepburn said

“All efforts are being made to transfer students currently undertaking courses with Auswide to other training providers.”

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