Electrical manufacturer AME Systems has joined a scheme allowing it to bring in 50 new workers from Samoa to help sustain its growth.
The Pacific Labour Scheme is a federal government initiative that aims to boost economic growth. It allows people from Pacific Island countries to work in rural and regional Australia for up to three years.
The scheme is beneficial for companies like AME Systems, which has struggled to find enough workers in the Ararat region.
AME Systems managing director Nick Carthew cited lack of accommodation as one of the main factors behind this.
"We have been suffering in the recent years to support our ongoing rapid growth and we are running out of options," he said.
"We need to make some drastic changes before it's too late."
AME Systems has sought to partially negate this issuing by purchasing the building on 129-131 Barkly Street, formerly known as the Hotel Rex, to help house its workers.
AME Systems has thrived during the pandemic, with the company has hired more than 100 new workers since Australia first entered lockdown in March 2020.
The company has noted it is determined not to relocate closer to Melbourne or even overseas, despite the shortage of local workers threatening its growth.
AME Systems estimated it employs more than 300 Ararat residents.
The new workers are due to arrive near the end of July.
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