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Some 350 applicants – men and women – packed into Saralana Park in Port Vila Sunday and underwent a series of tests by seasonal work agent Sylvie Kalmet and her team to find the first 150 people to send to Tasmania for seasonal work.

All 350 applicants, who started filling in forms from Ms. Kalmet late last year and in January, were first notified last week and they all met at Independence Park on Friday during which the agent went through with them the requirements for a successful candidate. And on Sunday they met at Saralana Park to take the tests.

In alphabetical order, the applicants took a set of three tests – eye sight, timing for how quick they are with their hands at picking or sorting, and physical fitness.

One of the members of Kalmet’s team says next week the first successful applicants should start receiving messages for them to start preparing documents such as police clearance for departure for Tasmania in April.

“Absolutely some of them will fail the tests but if more than 150 people pass the tests, their names will be held for later batches of seasonal workers required for the Australia market,” she added.

During a visit to Tasmania late last year the Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, and the Commissioner of Labor, Lionel Kaluat, they were informed by state officials and the farmers’ association representatives that Tasmania needed 10,000 people for its seasonal work.

Sylvie Kalmet has been sending seasonal workers to New Zealand’s Recognized Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme over the last 10 years during which she has sent 500 people and this will be her first recruits for the Australian seasonal employment market.

When the Department of Labor announced the names of the latest approved agents in January, Sylvie Kalmet was one of only two double agents who can recruit workers for both New Zealand and Australia.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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