As Alcoa works through the process of closing its operations at Point Henry, key contractors are already being released from the site.

The Brief

Harvest Human Resources is well known to the Geelong manufacturing and engineering sector. It’s recruitment division has worked with key companies within this sector to recruit technical, specialist and executive roles throughout its five year history. The company had launched its careers workshops and careers programs in 2012 knowing there were challenges ahead for the region and the specific need for jobseekers and career changers to access tools and services to assist steer their career and give them practical tools to access their new vocations.

The contractor, who faced imminent release from Alcoa, sought career outplacement services with a strict mandate from the Australasia Head of Human Resources to find a provider who could provide classic outplacement services with local content and an appreciation of the discipline being released from their organisation.

Front cover abbreviatedThe Process

Briefed on the requirement in early March 2014, the work was proposed and signed off by mid-March. We compiled the outplacement program  over seven working days including elements of our traditional careers workshop with tailor made components for the attendees.



Delivery PicThe Deliverable

A comprehensive 3-day workshop was conducted in late March 2014, covering 9 core sessions from holistic planning and goal setting to industry trends, resume writing and interviews. The workshop was hosted by Meredith Telfer, Key Presenter and qualified Careers Counsellor  and Harvest Human Resources Director, Maree Herath as Workshop Facilitator.

We are now in the midst of follow up reviews with individual participants to ensure their specific needs have been addressed.


The Feedback

•“A great workshop…gave me the tools I needed to take the next step in my career.”
•“I really enjoyed the personality profile, drivers…everything on day one. Personal development was very relevant also. Really, really enjoyed it all…thanks Maree & Meredith.”
•“It was very useful for me and my job search. Thanks for everything Maree & Meredith.”
•“I appreciate the individual time Maree & Meredith spent answering questions. They were so genuine and it came through in how they presented.”
•“Thank you for your patience & understanding & sharing your knowledge and expertise with us.”
•“Very enthusiastic presenters. Very practical understanding of businesses in the Geelong area. Thank you.”
•“Very well presented & researched.”
•“Encouraging to help me start looking for a new job…great presenters.”
•“Enjoyed the experience.”
•“Meredith was very good. Maree is very impressive; outstanding in knowledge & presentation.”
While these contractors are coming out in a softer economy they have gained a great head-start to navigate towards career success.
Post by Maree Herath, Outplacement Program Author and Director of Harvest Human Resources

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