International Mobility Services (IMS) and Vanuatu Pathways have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hopes of increasing labour supply capacity across Australia.
The formal partnership between the organisations will facilitate the availability of job-ready people to fill skill shortages being experienced across Australia due to the impact of COVID-related closed borders.
IMS is a Timor-Leste registered company based in Dili and is part of the Philotimo Group. The group was founded by Australian entrepreneur and industry stalwart, Themelina Kassiou, affectionately known as Tammy Kassiou.
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Vanuatu Pathways is an organisation that provides recruitment out of Vanuatu for industries in Australia that require skilled workers on a temporary basis. It recruits from all islands and locations in Vanuatu.
IMS chief executive officer Marcia Kelly said governments need to respond urgently to the critical skills shortages and delays due to COVID-19.
“This MoU between IMS and Vanuatu Pathways is a step in the right direction towards building the capacity of workers between countries,” Ms Kelly said.
The program involves job placements for up to nine months. When workers return to Vanuatu, they are considered highly skilled and reputable workers that have the opportunity to return to Australia or utilise the new training in Vanuatu.