Now in its second year, the Cotton Gap program connects cotton growers seeking operational staff to work on their farm with school leavers.
Cotton Gap helps connect employers with students who have just finished school and are interested in either a long-term career in cotton or those seeking 12 months employment in the form of a ‘gap year’.
Cotton grower Andrew O’Connor (Mungindi) employed gap year students for the 2016-17 cotton season, and says “it gave us the opportunity to select from a great range of candidates who want to be involved in the Australian cotton industry, and they want a job for 12 months instead of 3”.
Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray encourages interested cotton employers to submit their job advertisement to Cotton Australia as soon as possible. Cotton Australia is also calling for interested students to submit an expression of interest to participate in the program.
“In launching the 2018 program, we are now seeking applications from cotton growers interested in employing a school-leaver,” Mr Murray says.
“Job advertisements should be submitted by October 9, 2017. Once job advertisements have been received, Cotton Australia will assist employers to connect with Cotton Gap students.”
“Both the employers and participants will be supported by the cotton industry. Employers will be made aware of any relevant government subsidies that may be available for employment and training, and employees will be provided with initial training and opportunities for ongoing training,” Mr Murray says.
Cotton Australia encourages interested participants to visit Cotton Australia’s website for more information about how to participate.
Possible locations range from Central Queensland to the NSW/Victorian border, where cotton is now grown. A map of where cotton is produced in Australia is available on Cotton Australia's website.
Info for cotton employers
By October 9, 2017, submit a job advertisement for your on-farm role you are seeking to fill as a PDF to Cotton Australia. For more information and to submit your on-farm job advertisement, click here.
Info for prospective employees/school leavers
Cotton Australia is also seeking expressions of interest from students and school-leavers interested in first-hand experience in one of Australia’s most innovative and forward-thinking agricultural industries.
If you know a student that may be interested in participating, encourage them to visit the Cotton Gap webpage where they will be able to find all of the relevant information.