Oct 20, 2020

Tassie Powerhouse Working Hard for the Ag Industry

Melissa Britt is a woman who loves challenges. Whether they are professional or personal, Melissa thrives on setting herself goals and doesn’t stop until she achieves them.

Since her appointment as Agri Labour Australia’s Tasmanian Area Manager two years ago, Melissa has been a welcome addition to the agricultural recruitment industry where she has been making inroads to building career pathways for Tasmanians.

At the onset of the global pandemic, Melissa began to focus on building a more structured approach in attracting local residents to the agriculture sector. This has resulted in her achieving real success in transitioning candidates from casual part-time roles, into permanent positions.

‘We have been working closely with Huon Aquaculture since December 2019 and since that time we’ve averaged two candidates per month moving into permanent roles. This is such a great result as it means increased operating continuity for Huon, job security for individuals and an added bonus of boosting our local economies,’ says Melissa.

Melissa adds, ‘With agriculture such a major contributor to Tasmania’s economy, securing a more stable workforce for agribusiness is essential – especially now that COVID-19 has so severely impacted on workforce numbers.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a small family owned farm or large operation, they all play a significant part in keeping our state going and I’m determined to be a key part in helping achieve that.’

A member of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, an avid cyclist and runner, Melissa won the Shimano Expert Women Enduro World Series for mountain biking in 2019. Having just finished a target of running every day for 365 days, Melissa regularly pushes herself in various triathlons and recently completed a 163km charity ride for children with cancer.

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