Workforce shortage up for discussion at Australian Festival Industry Conference

TAFE Queensland's Jo Gaddes will speak on staff shortages at the AFIC.

A new panel discussion has been added to the Australian Festival Industry Conference’s (AFIC) 2022 program following widespread industry feedback about the current labour and skills shortages.

Joining the discussion entitled ‘Workforce skills and labour shortages: planning for the future’ will be Jo Gaddes, lead Vocational Teacher Events at TAFE Queensland, and Badi Mahabat, co-founder of labour hire solutions provider Casual Hands.

The panellists will be outlining their observations of the past few years and what they feel needs to happen for the industry to get back on track.

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Badi Mahabat, co-founder of Casual Hands.

AFIC has also formed a partnership with TAFE Queensland to feature some of their current event management students throughout at the event.

“The pandemic, along with a toxic cocktail of other contributing factors, has created a troubling situation for the festival industry, and certainly poses a serious problem for employers as they try and get back to normal”, said AFIC founder and event director Carlina Ericson.

“I felt, based on feedback that I was receiving from all corners of the industry, it was imperative that AFIC hosted a panel discussion covering this timely topic.

“The aim is for us to collectively determine some top-line solutions that the industry and government can take away to implement.”

The conference is also issuing an open invitation to any relevant industry association board representatives who may want to join the discussion.

The Australian Festival Industry Conference will be held on August 30 to September 1 at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast.