BCoC & Nortec to Boost Bello Jobs
Bellingen Chamber of Commerce (BCoC) applied to Nortec’s Community Grants Initiative for a grant to run our ‘Just 1 Job’ program. NORTEC Employment and Training is a not-for-profit organisation that provides employment and training solutions for local employers and jobseekers, while contributing to the community in socio and economic capacity building initiatives. We were successful with our application and thank Nortec for the opportunity to begin the program in July.
BCoC secretary and program coordinator, Andrew Sommerville said the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce understands that Bellingen’s local economy is flat at the moment, just like many other areas. But we also recognise that we can’t sit around waiting for something to happen to make it better. There is no magic wand to fix economic conditions. The only fix is planning and strategy linked to action. We have to plan for the recovery, not hope for it. No one is going to do it for us, so if we want change we have to initiate it ourselves. If we work together as a business community we can make a big difference. We want to sustain the existing jobs in the town and look at innovative ways to create new sustainable jobs for the future.
As a HR and Business Coach with HumanHand HR Help, I work with many local businesses. There are 3 characteristics I see in successful businesses:
- The business owner/manager are passionate about their business and its future. They speak positively about business, staff and the future.
- They have highly engaged and committed staff. They are inspired by the owner/managers positive outlook and passion and want to work for the business. They want to be successful in their jobs and contribute to the success of the business.
- Their planning is linked to action. The business has plans in place. They have goals and targets and these are communicated to all staff. All staff, the team, work towards achieving the goals.
I want to see all Bellingen’s businesses exhibit these characteristics, and grow and be successful.
The ‘Just 1 Job’ program will consist of a series of 5 workshops run monthly for 15 participating businesses. It will culminate in a jobs expo held in early December in conjunction with Nortec Employment and Training, to showcase these employers to job seekers. The aim will be to work on the 3 characteristics noted above of successful businesses. We want to ‘flick the switch’ to stop talking about the negatives and start talking positively and passionately about our future. We want to improve our people management to get staff engaged and inspired. We want to plan for the recovery and get the whole team working towards it.
Working with the employer and employees, the program is a catalyst for open discussion in the workplace about how changes, improvements and adjustments can be made to create better workplaces, improve employee engagement and productivity and create a culture of shared responsibility. It aims to innovate, sustain and create jobs in the Bellingen community by working with local employers to strengthen their businesses, plan for recovery and generate new opportunities.
The ‘Just 1 Job’ program has been adapted from a book (What can I do – Create, Sustain & Innovate Jobs written by Louise Broekman of the HR Coach Group of Companies 2009) and a workshop program developed as a one on one coaching tool. It was a response to the GFC, but is just as relevant in our current economic situation. I have adapted it as a series of group workshops. The idea is to develop partnerships and networks (BCoC, employers, employees, Bellingen Shire Council and Employment and training companies) and all work together to make a difference.
For more information about the Just 1 Job Program, or to be a participant, contact BCoC Secretary Andrew Sommerville on 0447 647 828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://bellingenchamber.com/