This is an opportunity for the young men to provide for their families, and the goal is to strengthen partnerships between Australia and the Pacific island countries while working in these remote areas of Australia.
The Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Sara Moriarty said Samoa’s participation in the Scheme would help to deepen the friendship between Australia and Samoa.
“This is an opportunity for Samoans to gain important skills, training and income that they can take back to their families and communities,” Ms Moriarty said.
These are the latest recruits and they follow the placement of two Samoan wait staff recruited to commence work at Hayman Island at the end of the month.
Ms. Moriarty described Samoans as hard-working and reliable employees and that Samoa’s participation in the Scheme would also help people links between Samoa and Australia.
CEO of Samoa’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour Pulotu Lyndon Chu-Ling said 40 people had applied for the seven vacancies at Cowra Meat Processors, with the remaining candidates placed on a stand-by list for future opportunities.
“Samoans are well-suited to physically labour-intensive industries such as meat processing and in the future we hope to expand our involvement in the Pacific Labour Scheme to include hospitality, aged care and fisheries,” he said.
Cowra Meat Processors General Manager, Peter Browne is impressed with his workers from Samoa.
“Staffing is always a challenge for a business like ours and we are grateful to have access to a pool of reliable and hard-working labour,”
“We have a warm and hospitable community in Cowra and we are looking forward to welcoming these young men to the area.”