(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Business Report: Up-skilling is on the rise across the country with many of those companies workers laid-off or closing due to lack of demand but many people one day working for Qantas now are looking at providing equipment need to fight COVID-19 #AceFinanceDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – Mar.29: Three weeks ago Samantha Campbell was extremely busy at work: The operations manager for a liquor supply logistics company was planning for major events in Melbourne — the Grand Prix, AFL, music festivals — and was looking at adding more staff: Then two weeks ago, major events started being cancelled………One by one she let go of staff, and then last Monday she was told she wasn’t needed anymore either…………”It’s been very, very hard. Not sleeping, worrying about your staff, staff constantly calling to see what’s going on,” Ms Campbell said: The former military worker, however, had some cards up her sleeve ABC News reports:

Coronavirus Report: Up-Skilling to prove the country with creating thousands of new jobs as companies re-purpose for #Pandemic

When work started drying up for her staff, she rang an old contact to see if he knew where they might be able to pick up some shifts: He suggested logistics company Linfox. When she was stood down, she called them too: “On Monday, I reached out, I got a call the next day, interviewed straight away and Thursday started the new role,” she said: She’s working at a new supermarket distribution centre that’s been set up to deal with the demand from panic buying over the past month.

“It’s just been amazing. From such a negative to such a positive, I feel fantastic today,” she said.

State and federal governments are looking to employ more than 6,000 people to help process extra welfare applications and payments; BHP is looking to hire 1,500 people at its mining operations, while some manufacturers, who’ve struggled for survival against cheap imports for years, are stepping up:

Med-Con, near Shepparton in northern Victoria, will hire dozens of new staff to make surgical face masks, sanitiser, goggles and gowns.…And Baxter Healthcare, a medical goods manufacturer, has received orders for 200 Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) machines in the past two weeks — that is how much they would normally sell in five years: It’s looking at employing Qantas engineers who’ve been laid off to help install and maintain the machines, which are being rolled out to hospitals across the country: “This is your second-tier ICU (intensive care unit) equipment, behind respirators. It basically prevents organ shutdown,” said Steven Flynn, general manager of Baxter Healthcare Australia & New Zealand……….Seventy people are also being employed to make up IV bags that contain drugs such as chemotherapy treatments: The company has had an influx of orders, as hospitals that usually mix their own pharmaceutical compounds redeploy staff to prepare for the COVID-19 peak.

“Typically we use pharmacists and science graduates [for this work]. It’s three months of training for us to teach people how to manipulate drugs,” Mr Flynn said: “[But] what we’re looking to do to get us over this period is … up-skill people really quickly on peripheral jobs such as boxing, labelling, etc:

#AceFinanceDesk report ……….Published: Mar.29: 2020:

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