School-based train­ing lauded

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The con­tra­dic­tion in the lo­cal labour mar­ket was a topic of dis­cus­sion at a re­cent event for Be­nalla busi­nesses hosted by the Be­nalla Fu­ture Work Steer­ing Com­mit­tee.

Lo­cal Learn­ing & Em­ploy­ment Net­work (NE Tracks LLEN) ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Danny O’Donoghue ex­plained the is­sue to par­tic­i­pants.

‘‘On one hand there is a high level of un­em­ploy­ment among Be­nalla’s young peo­ple and on the other, many em­ploy­ers are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to at­tract ap­pro­pri­ately skilled work­ers,’’ Mr O’Donoghue said.

He also spoke of the im­por­tance of school-based ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships as a way of in­te­grat­ing qual­ity work ex­pe­ri­ence with young peo­ple’s ed­u­ca­tion jour­ney.

‘‘(This) has proven hugely suc­cess­ful for both em­ploy­ers and young peo­ple,’’ he said.

Be­nalla Fu­ture Work Steer­ing Com­mit­tee co­or­di­na­tor Sally Math­e­son spoke of the im­por­tance of build­ing a bridge be­tween in­ex­pe­ri­ence and em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

‘‘School-based ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships are gov­ern­ment sub­sidised and of­fer a vi­able model for em­ploy­ers,’’ Ms Math­e­son said.

In­spir­ing sto­ries were shared at the event, with pre­sen­ta­tions from young peo­ple who are ben­e­fit­ing from place­ments within the build­ing in­dus­try, health and farm­ing sec­tors.

Bray­den Wapling, who is com­plet­ing a school-based ap­pren­tice­ship with DC Build­ing Con­trac­tors, spoke of the ben­e­fits of his trainee­ship.

‘‘I started at the be­gin­ning of this year and have built up many skills I hadn’t known be­fore,’’ he said.

‘‘I have gained an un­der­stand­ing of how the in­dus­try works and this will help me go­ing on to fu­ture work with this busi­ness.’’

Speak­ing af­ter the event Ms Math­e­son said the en­thu­si­asm of the young peo­ple was in­fec­tious.

‘‘It was won­der­ful to hear each of their jour­neys into the work­force,’’ she said.

‘‘The strong re­la­tion­ship each has with their em­ployer, who is also their men­tor, was pal­pa­ble.

‘‘We are call­ing on Be­nalla busi­nesses to give a young per­son their first break into the world of work.’’

To­mor­row To­day Foun­da­tion co­or­di­nates the Be­nalla Fu­ture Work Steer­ing Com­mit­tee.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing how to get in­volved in this great ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment fund­ing sup­port, phone Ms Math­e­son at To­mor­row To­day on 5762 1211.

In­sight: Bray­den, from DC Build­ing Con­trac­tors, and Rachael, from Be­nalla Health, spoke of their ex­pe­ri­ences as school-based trainees.

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