Employment expert named

Southern Telegraph
Mandurah business woman Maryanne Baker is the new Employment Facilitator for the Mandurah region.
Camera IconMandurah business woman Maryanne Baker is the new Employment Facilitator for the Mandurah region. Credit: Department of Employment

Mandurah businesswoman Maryanne Baker has been appointed as employment facilitator for the region to support workers affected by the downturn in the mining industry.

Mrs Baker said she was “absolutely excited” about the new role but admitted there were big challenges ahead.

“First and foremost I need to make sure I engage with all stakeholders and get a complete snapshot of where we are as a community,” she said.

“We need to make sure we can forge ahead and get some traction in reducing the unemployment rate in the area.”

Mrs Baker said she had lived and worked in the Mandurah region for many years and had a sound understanding of the challenges faced by employers, their employees and people looking for work in the region.

She has worked with local and interstate businesses, owners and individuals to establish growth.

Mrs Baker will join other Department of Employment services in the region, including six Jobactive providers and a transition to work provider.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie welcomed the appointment and encouraged local workers to take advantage of the facilitator’s experience.

“The Government’s immediate priority is to ensure local workers affected by the end of WA’s mining and construction boom receive fast, comprehensive support to get back into the workforce as quickly as possible,” he said.

For more information, visit employment.gov.au/employment-facilitators.

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