Published on Sep 29, 2020

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Cessnock City Council is urging businesses to utilise the local jobs portal and list their position vacancies for free.

The website,, is being piloted to make hiring easier for Hunter Valley employers and job seekers.

Council launched the site to businesses through its economic development arm, Advance Cessnock City at the end of last year. The site was developed in response to real-time needs of businesses as identified in Council’s Skills Audit in 2018.

The website is a one-stop online shop where businesses can advertise positions and residents can search for local jobs. It has meaningful information and resources about vocational education, training and local career pathways.

With our current environment there are many local businesses in the community who are struggling to find qualified staff or have lost employees to the JobSeeker benefits. The Jobs Portal provides a simplified platform to connect employers with active job seekers.

The Skills Audit also found small and micro businesses were overwhelmed with attracting quality workers and the cost of employing but also found it difficult to navigate the process to take on a new employee.

Local businesses can find information on incentives and resources on employing, local case studies, and can even advertise positions they have available for free.

Council is working with TAFE NSW, employment agencies and training bodies to better foster outcomes and engender positive perceptions by businesses in employing locally.

Employers are urged to list their jobs for free and share their stories of successful employment outcomes to

Job Seekers can access resources that might assist to understand the types of positions and career options that are a fit with knowledge, experience and interests to prepare to job search.

Related Skills Audit 2018