Elise Wilson and Tiffany Vincent of Bestbrook Mountain Resort employs international students to work on her farmstay.
Elise Wilson and Tiffany Vincent of Bestbrook Mountain Resort employs international students to work on her farmstay. Georja Ryan

'New Aussies' find work on farms

MIGRANTS may be taking a number of Australian jobs, but some Warwick organisations say we are reaping the benefits.

Warwick TAFE offers a Jackeroo/Jillaroo course for humanitarian refugees and migrants seeking work Down Under and with a shortage of skilled workers in the farming industry, director of the Warwick campus David Taylor said it was filling a much-needed void.

"It means they are given very quickly a set of skills to make them employable and we make sure there are jobs lined up at the end of it in areas where we need it," Mr Taylor said.

"They are so eager to please and really hard working."

Bestbrook Mountain Resort owner Elise Wilson said she employs a number of international students to work on her farm.

"Students we have here are directed from an organisation on the Gold Coast called Shake Hands With Oz, and their main goal is to improve their English," Ms Wilson said.

"They're really keen to learn and are happy to do anything asked of them.

"I guess it's cheaper labour than employing say two permanent Australians and it's quite rewarding for us," she said.

Bestbrook has had around twelve international workers over the past ten months.


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