Mullinmur Wetlands evolving for nature
Initiative aims to make more students job-ready
SIX Wangaratta schools will share in $1.45 million under a Regional Skills Fund that will connect workbased learning with the curriculum to make young people more job-ready.
The project involves embedding industry-based learning into 26 secondary schools in the Ovens and Murray region to develop young people’s interest and skills in agriculture, horticulture and the health and social services sectors.
Local schools involved include Borinya Wangaratta Community Partnership, Cathedral College, Galen Catholic College, The Centre (Wangaratta and Benalla campuses), Wangaratta District Specialist School, and Wangaratta High School.
North East Local Learning and Employment Network and North East Tracks Local Learning and Employment Network have developed the project in consultation with industry sectors that have identified a lack of job-ready applicants.
The $2.96 million project will expand on a successful pilot delivered in Mansfield that led to an increase in the number of students pursuing careers in industry sectors they had been exposed to through the program in their school.
“This is a great project which develops the skills young people need to meet the local industry opportunities,” Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) said on Friday.
“It will lead to more students seeking work in the sectors that need employees, and that will help keep the region strong and mean that local kids who don’t want to move away from home have more employment options.
“Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies, and a skilled workforce is what’s needed to support jobs and keep our country communities strong.”
NATURAL WONDER: Taking in the natural environment by the Ovens River at the Mullinmur Wetlands in Wangaratta on Friday were (from left) Tony Lane, Catherine McInerney, Kelvin Berr and Sarah Ning.