2020 and the year of COVID-19 has had significant impact on Australia’s job market; according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics almost 600,000 Australians lost their jobs in April and this number has continued to rise as coronavirus restrictions have tightened across the country. Australia are now facing one of the highest unemployment rates on record while on the flipside, an average of 340,000 higher education students will approximately graduate this year, with international students accounting for more than a third of those enrolled at universities. These students are eager and ready for work but now face one of the most profoundly uncertain job markets of our time.
There’s a common misconception that hiring new graduates is risky due to their limited work experience and many newly graduated students have experienced difficulty in overcoming this bias to land their first role. Certainly, in today’s current climate the limited companies that are hiring are even more trepidatious in reaching out to students. However, graduates can be a great investment for an organisation and recent research has revealed that particularly within the public sector, opening up the hiring pool to those outside government (including graduates) can accelerate innovation.
Graduates are Enthusiastic
Firstly, graduates bring abundant levels of enthusiasm. Being new to a role and the job market in general, graduates are keen to learn, progress in their careers and set a good impression. A recent study prepared by HAWORTH and WORK COLLECTIV which examined millennials in the workplace (those born between 1980 and 2000), found that millennials have a hunger to get ‘up to speed’ within companies and show greater company loyalty than their international counterparts. This is believed to be the result of an insecure job market and the higher levels of educational debt millennials possess in comparison to previous generations. A key aspiration for many respondents in the study was to secure a house, which could also explain the dedication and commitment millennials are bringing to their first roles, as they know the difficulty they will face in the current housing market to secure property.
Graduates Can Be A Long Term Investment
Secondly, because of their drive and ambition, graduates are anxious to kickstart their career trajectory. By thinking about the long-term needs of your company, hiring a graduate with a lot of drive and potential can be seen as a great business investment. Because of minimal professional experience, graduates don’t have any prior work-habits and thus represent a blank canvas in which a company can train and guide them towards specific managerial roles.
Graduates are Tech Savvy
Finally, new graduates bring with them a wealth of technological experience. Millennials are the first generation of digital natives. The HAWORTH and WORK COLLECTIV study found that their natural competence with technology and the ease in which they can customise it, enables them to adapt, iterate and multi-task well. As they’ve also just graduated, millennials will have the latest market knowledge and can bring with them a fresh perspective and the latest technological tools to approach systems and processes within the workplace.
Graduates Can Help Provide Innovation
This thinking has been reinforced by a recent article from The Mandarin, which highlighted the fact that public sector organisations internationally, are exploring talent exchange programs and deliberately opening up their recruitment processes in order to bring fresh ideas into government. Furthermore, a Deloitte Insights report demonstrated the benefits US federal government agencies experienced (including greater agility and innovation strategy) when altering their expectations for new hires. Australia’s public sector has a reputation of being very insular when advertising new roles, however these findings suggest the benefits in creating an environment that is ‘open to anyone who has the skills, ability and motivation to serve the public good’.
Public Sector People feel strongly about the advantages that new and future graduates can provide, which is why we are excited to partner again with Deakin TALENT, the Careers and Employment Service for Deakin University, which assists graduates in finding roles within councils across regional Victoria. Our consultant Bryony Reid is working closely with Deakin TALENT to help graduates get their resumes in front of hiring managers and assist successful candidates with relevant resources (sample questions and videos) during the shortlisting process.
The program offers a range of opportunities for graduates across multiple disciplines, with the aim to help current and future graduates make a successful transition into the workforce.
“Deakin TALENT are proud to be working with Public Sector People in developing our Deakin graduates into candidates for roles within the regional and metropolitan Victorian public sector. With the support of PSP we hope to educate and prepare our students and graduates for opportunities available for a variety of degree qualifications across Victoria.” – Lauren Murray, Deakin TALENT
If you are interested in finding out more about Deakin TALENT or the graduates we are actively working with, feel free to reach out to Bryony on the details below.
Phone: 0481 708 966
In the meantime Bryony has provided some tips for graduates currently looking to enter the workforce:
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant within Digital Transformation to join a Local Government on a temporary basis. 26th October 2020 - 24th December 2020 38 hours a week Remote working $63.22 per hour plus superannuation Police Check Required Selection Criteria: Extensive experience with end to end recruitment for I.T role In addition post grad qualifications or an equivalent combination of formal training and substantial experience in the field of IT Talent acquisition Negotiation Skills with clients, members of the public, employees and people within the Organisation Tertiary Qualification in Business, HR Management, IT or related field Well developed communications skills both verbal & written Ability to project manage end to rend recruitment / stakeholders management skills Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Benefits include: Contract 3 months Opportunity for Permanency Band 7 ASAP start - apply today, start tomorrow! Public Sector People are currently inviting applications for a Coordinator of Risk to join a local council based 55km North West of Melbourne on contract. Duties include: Deliver upon the key performance criteria outlined in the Risk Management Framework 2019 Review and update the Business Continuity Plan and Policy Responsible for the coordination of risk and insurance activities, including the development and implementation of strategies, frameworks, policy and procedures Responsibility for review, monitoring and preparation of the unit budget and contracts Review existing systems and processes to ensure effectiveness and utilisation Key Criteria: Degree or Diploma in Risk Management, Business or other relevant discipline with several years' experience, OR extensive relevant experience with a proven track record in delivering results in accordance with organisational goals and values Well-developed project management and reporting skills, with a demonstrated history of achieving required results Demonstrated experience in delivering cross organisational projects or initiatives that have a broad range of stakeholders Understanding of risk management standards and how they can be applied in a Local Government setting The ability to empower staff and contribute to an innovative and dynamic workplace environment If this sounds like you, then email me or hit apply! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other roles in Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on 03 8535 3111.
Contractor Safety Advisor Public Sector People are working in partnership with a Local Government in the South East in hiring a 12 month fixed term contract, Contractor Safety Advisor. Band 7: $96,509 - $108,000 per annum + super 12 Months Fixed Term Friendly, fast paced and supportive environment About the role: Reporting to the Corporate Safety Lead, and forming part of the Corporate Safety Team, the position will deliver focused contractor safety services across the Infrastructure & Environment division, specifically with regard to project delivery involving external contractor operations. Located within the Project Team, the Contractor Safety Advisor role has been established to undertake ownership and provide support in the administration of the RAPID On-line Contractor Management System. Be accountable for, and assist others with the administration of the Rapid On-line Contractor Management System Assist with developing and implementing governance documentation to support the best practice in managing contractor OHS practice Deliver Contractor Inductions and Site Inductions where necessary Review Contractor safety documentation to identify contractors whom can be offered work with Council Maintain the active contractor database in relation to license/permits and other essential contractor requirements within Rapid. Conduct regular on-site inspections to ensure safe processes are practiced and implemented Develop and implement training programs for all Contract Managers within the division to ensure compliance in the management of OHS practices of contractors Requirements Include: Degree, Diploma or recognised course in OHS, Safety Science or relevant Experience in an OHS role (minimum of 8 years is recommended) Experience and expertise in managing contractor OHS in an industrial setting Demonstrated ability to lead, train and support people with awareness and development of safety principles, legislative understanding, and practice Well-versed in OH&S matters in a variety of industries with an ability to assess safety documentation, identify shortfalls and provide recommendations for improvement Ability to interpret the Occupational Health & Safety Act and regulations, and, support others with application in practice Extensive experience in developing and engaging stakeholder relationships where teamwork delivers results Other requirements include: Systems ability - to use and learn systems and applications of relevance Satisfactory Police Check A current Working with Children Card For further information or to request a position description please contact Bryony Reid, Public Sector People on (03) 8535 3111 or email email@example.com
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a People Analytics Support Officer to join a Local Government on a temporary basis. 14th October 2020 - 15th January 2021 38 hours a week - flexible start/end time Remote working $37.79 per hour plus superannuation Police Check Required Selection Criteria: Knowledge and proactively understand and apply best practice administrative processes sufficient to position requirements. Understanding of the function and context of the position within the Unit and how actions support the broader team and organisation to achieve their goals. A broad knowledge of relevant Awards, Agreements, legislation and acts. Preparation of statistical reports and converting data into written reports and visual presentations. Sound analytical, investigation and problem-solving skills with advanced computer literacy experience within systems and software package applications. Strong ability to produce, analyse, interpret and present reports from various corporate, workspace and helpdesk systems. Key Requirements: Relevant tertiary qualification e.g. Degree or Diploma in Business or similar discipline or lesser formal qualifications and substantial relevant experience. Demonstrated skills and experience in establishing, maintaining and continually improving administrative systems and processes. Advanced knowledge and the ability to support corporate, helpdesk, workspace and HRIMS systems and to use that knowledge to support decision making. Strong analytical skills with the ability to independently plan, coordinate, problem solve and prioritise own work within a timely manner. Advance knowledge of producing, analysing, interpreting, displaying and providing statistical reports and recommendations. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Human Resource Expression of Interest Local Government Public Sector People are currently looking to speak to HR Professionals who are considering a new temporary opportunity. Senior HR Business Partners Learning & Development Employee/ Industrial Relation Specialists HR Advisors Talent Acquisition Partners HRIS If you would be interest in having a confidential discussion about potential opportunities or know someone who would be, please get in touch on 03 8535 3111 or alternatively email a copy of your resume across to firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits include: Contract 3 months Opportunity for Permanency $41.80 p/h plus super ASAP start - apply today, start tomorrow! About the role: Public Sector People are currently inviting applications for the role of Senior Governance officer to join a local council based 55km North West of Melbourne on contract. The main objective of this role is to provide high level support to the Director of Governance to ensure Council meets its obligations the Local Laws and Legislation. This position will be responsible for developing and monitoring policies and procedures; and for undertaking associated reporting requirements. The successful applicant will have the ability to engage with, and advocate to, staff across Council through the development of training sessions and other resources that support effective service delivery and legislative compliance Duties include: Receive, assess, interpret and make determinations on requests made to Council for access to documents under the FOI Act. Support Council’s Privacy Officer and FOI Officer by being the first point of contact for enquiries and complaints about FOI and privacy matters. Provide advice and support to internal and external stakeholders to ensure compliance with the FOI Act, the Privacy Act and the Information Privacy Principles. Undertake regular staff training sessions and develop resources to assist staff meet FOI and privacy obligations Provide technical advice and support to the Coordinator Governance and members of the Senior Executive team as required, including attendance at Council meetings, briefings, committee meetings and community forums and events. Support Council’s existing corporate planning reporting requirements as required, which include support for the implementation of Council Plan, Annual Report, quarterly report, internal audit actions and Local Government Performance Reporting Framework (LGPRF) requirements. Develop and review Council governance policies and procedures as required, to ensure Council meets and maintains compliance with its legislative obligations. If this sounds like you, then email me or hit apply! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other roles in Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid or Sarah Kettlewell on 03 8535 3111. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Procurement Business Partner to join a Local Government on a temporary basis. 12th October 2020 - 31st January 2021 38 hours a week Western Suburbs $45.70 per hour plus superannuation Police Check Required Selection Criteria: Experience in stakeholder engagement and customer service; Demonstrated understanding of tendering, RFQ and contract administration related processes, systems and procedures in the long term context of the business unit and the wider organisation; Demonstrated ability to review documentation to ensure adherence to legislation, Council policy and underlying principles of procurement and contract administration; Experience in using a computerised Contract Management System and Purchase Order System; Research investigation and analysis to provide advice to stakeholders on procurement matters and in the development of Council policy and procedures; Understanding of budgetary and financial matters as they relate to procurement and Council’s objectives; Experience in working with the Local Government Act and other relevant legislation. Get in touch today! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to a Systems Accountant (Magiq/Chameleon Experience) to join a Local Government on a temporary basis. ASAP - Friday 24th December 38 hours a week Northern Suburbs $49.41 per hour plus superannuation Police Check Required Selection Criteria: Identification of software and software enhancements and/or process changes that will improve business practices. Ensuring continuous operation of the Chameleon system to ensure accurate and critical data is available to the organisation. Provide training in the use of the Chameleon software to Users. Assist the Team Leader in the development of strategic financial processes, plans and reporting systems for the organisation. Assist the Team Leader Financial Strategy & Systems with linking financial and business plans to Council’s strategic direction. Participation in the development of departmental business plans. Together with Team Leader Financial Strategy and Systems co-ordinate and implement the ongoing development of modules within the Chameleon system with the exception of the New Works and Developer Contributions modules Key Requirements: Tertiary qualifications in Accounting or Commerce discipline and/or equivalent expertise. Additional qualifications/experience in the field of information technology and information systems. Experience in a similar role Extensive experience in data manipulation, analysis and interrogation. Demonstrated experience in the development of accounting policies and systems. Knowledge of Crystal Reports and experience with Civica (Authority) High level of skill and experience with Chameleon (Administrator skills), SQL and Visual Basic Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.