With this in mind, Mr Mitchell’s recruitment strategy and his team have been critical to the success of building the Zinfra Campbellfield depot in Victoria from a base of just three people in 2010 to over 60 today.
The average age of workers at Zinfra reflects that of the general industry, but this also means it is a very experienced and knowledgeable team.
“Supervisors are mature, and each one of them has 20–30 years’ experience under their belt,” explains Mr Mitchell.
But as the workforce ages, so too does the knowledge pool in the industry, with essential skills and expertise leaving the industry, or literally dying out.
Seeing the writing on the wall and seeking to position Zinfra well into the future, Mr Mitchell is strategically recruiting people to retain these skills and knowledge within the business.