July 30, 2021 – This week AME Systems welcomed 46 new Samoans to support their ongoing rapid growth. A lot of hard work has gone in to securing these new employees who have become a very welcome addition to the AME Systems workforce. The Pacific Labour Scheme allows people from Pacific Island countries to work in rural and regional Australia for up to three years to help address workforce shortages.
The new employees arrived in Australia on the 10thJuly heading straight into quarantine in Melbourne, before arriving in Ararat on the 24th July 2021. After settling in they started their first week with AME Systems specific inductions, Australian Workforce inductions, Manual Handling training, Functional Assessments and bus tours of the Ararat region. All new employees have now transitioned into their assigned areas within the business.
Current employees have learnt that family/community, singing, dancing and religious worship are very important to the Pacific Islanders and AME Systems is excited to welcome their culture and happy smiling faces. Although the new employees are still getting used to the cold weather, everyone is extremely positive and embracing the Australian experience. Now lockdown is coming to an end the Samoans have started to venture out into the community shopping, dining out and learning what to do around the region; they are especially keen to get involved in community sport.
“We want to thank the entire community for getting behind us during this process. My family is very grateful to be able to maintain AME Systems in Ararat. I’m very impressed and appreciative of all the AME Systems employees who have welcomed the Samoans and helped them feel very welcome” said AME Systems Managing Director Nick Carthew.
“We are committed to our local community and this initiative will make a make a real difference in securing local jobs. If anyone is looking for work, please go to our website to see what we have available”