22nd June 2021 – As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthening Australia’s economy AME Systems has signed up to the Pacific Labour Scheme to help address workforce shortages. The Pacific Labour Scheme allows people from Pacific Island countries to work in rural and regional Australia for up to 3 years.
The Pacific Labour Scheme is demand driven and helps fill labour gaps in Australia’s towns and on our farms, by providing access to a reliable and productive workforce. Not only does this program contribute to the economic development of the participating island country it helps to boost Australia’s economic growth.
While adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing and maintaining health and safety standards AME Systems has continued to thrive while increasing production in all their factories during the Covid-19 pandemic. During this uncertain time, AME Systems has continued to do what they always do and deliver world class products to their customers. The company has remained strong and are thankful to be able to continue to provide their employees with jobs. They have adjusted their manufacturing business structure and strengthened their teams by employing more than 100+ new staff but still need more. AME Systems is proud to support Australia’s manufacturing growth and job creation opportunity in regional areas.
AME Systems has struggled to find enough workers in the Ararat area, a lack of accommodation has been one of the major contributors in this. At AME Systems one of the main goals is to provide the regional area with economic growth and sustainability, the only way to do this is by utilising labour schemes to continue the longevity of continued employment in the region.
An easy solution for AME would be to relocate to Melbourne or overseas. This is itself would take away hundreds of jobs from the Ararat community and would have a massive effect to the local economy. In an instant 300+ locals would be out of a job. AME Systems is determined for relocation to not be the option they must take.
“We have been suffering in the recent years to support our ongoing rapid growth and we are running out of options. We need to make some drastic changes before it’s too late.” AME Systems Managing Director, Nick Carthew.
Nick Carthew explained that AME Systems will bring in 50 new workers from Samoa. This will not only support the company, but they are securing everyone’s job and bolstering the town economy.
The new workers are due to arrive at the end of July and will get straight into learning AME Systems values and culture.