Employment in the regions is always a hot topic with many people unemployed or forced to move away to find work.
But there are opportunities for those willing and able to take advantage of them.
In 2022, the Queensland sugar industry suffered significant labor shortages across the sector.
Mill workers, farm workers, conveyor drivers, combine operators and truck drivers were in short supply.
While some areas were harder hit than others, the overall lack of workers contributed to a longer season and about a million tons of cane left in the fence, unharvested.
In an effort to prevent a repeat of this in 2023, CANEGROWERS have launched a campaign to attract more workers to the sugar industry ahead of this year’s crisis, which is now just over two months away.
The mostly social media campaign will target interstate workers, young travelers, gray nomads and even skilled international job seekers.
But ideally, we’d like to see more regional Queenslanders working in the industry, as these are the people most likely to stay long-term and be most passionate about the vitality of their region.
As part of our long-term strategy to encourage more young people into the industry, we have created curriculum-aligned lessons to teach primary and secondary students about the opportunities that exist in Queensland’s sugar industry.
But the fact remains that we need workers now!
So if you or someone you know is unemployed or just looking for a new opportunity, or has a general interest in working in the sugar industry, please contact your local CANEGROWERS office or visit the Industry Work page on the CANEGROWERS website to see what opportunities are open to you available.
The sugar industry is one of Queensland’s oldest surviving industries and has been the backbone of regional communities along the Queensland coast for over a century.
But our best days are still ahead of us.
In fact, this may be the most exciting time to be joining the sugarcane industry, as we are on the cusp of an evolution that will see our industry become one of the major players in Queensland’s bioeconomy over the next decade.