Community Connector Program for Businesses

The Great Thing Happen Here Careers + Lifestyle Working Group was established from a collaboration between Greater Shepparton City Council and Committee for Greater Shepparton and Goulburn Valley Health.

The region is experiencing a huge surge in job opportunities and there are many “hard to fill” positions where we need to attract professionals from outside Greater Shepparton – both across Australia and overseas.

An Attraction, Recruitment & Retention strategy was developed to address the issues and opportunities.

The program has been designed and back by research and tells us as a community that we need to look at the whole-of-person approach when it comes to Attract, Recruit and retain new professionals to Greater Shepparton.

“If people moving to a new region are not deeply connected within twelve months of relocating they will move within two years if not earlier.”

Dr Cath Cosgrave (rural health workforce strengthening expert)

Therefore the drive to provide a relocation concierge service was critical.

The Community Connector Program provides a FREE service to support anyone contemplating applying or accepting a position with a Greater Shepparton organisation or those who have already accepted a job and are needing to move to the region to take up a position.

This program provides that extra piece to the puzzle with attracting and recruiting new-to-area professionals.

We have developed a range of tools and resources that will assist or compliment your attraction and recruitment process.

The role, the Community Connector Coordinator, is responsible for providing services and support in the following areas:

  • An initial relocation service – finding a home, a school/childcare options, a job for their partner
  • Social connections – with existing locals as well as other new people to the region
  • Place integration – promoting awareness of the available amenities, services, events, activities in the region etc.
  • Community participation – exploring opportunities to participate or volunteer with committees or community groups and sporting associations etc.

This service assists businesses with resources at the recruitment stage providing all relevant information about our region along with the personal touch of having Fiona make contact with your preferred candidate to assist with some of those challenges of relocating goes a long way to improving the economic outcomes for our region.