Seasonal employment agent for New Zealand and Australia, Sylvie Kalmet, has corrected information in Monday’s article saying the people tested on Sunday were not for Tasmania but recruitment for normal for seasonal work in mainland Australia.
She explains that no agreement has yet been signed by the Government of Vanuatu and the State Government of Tasmania for seasonal workers from Vanuatu to go to work in Tasmania. But she added that the people who underwent eye, hand coordination and physical fitness tests were for recruitment by Australian company Madec.
And the people from Madec will come to Vanuatu next week to interview and recruit 120 successful applicants from the 300 tested.
“Madec will take 120 people from my recruitment list and another 120 from John Suran to work in horticulture and viticulture business,” she added.
John Suran is the main agent for recruitment by Madec and he has enlisted Ms. Kalmet’s assistance for the next lots of recruitment.
Sylvie Kalmet further explained that last Friday’s meeting held at Independence Park in Port Vila with the 300 people in her current recruitment list was to get from them their goals for what they intended to do with the earnings from their employment in Australia.
“Every time we follow up with the workers after they return to make sure they achieve the goals they set themselves,” she added, “if they don’t then we say we will not send them on any further recruitment opportunities in future.”
Kalmet says among the 300 people in her latest recruitment list are community groups – from Motalava in Torba and Ambae, who set themselves goals including one to build a fish pond and others community halls.