Mullin­mur Wet­lands evolv­ing for na­ture

Ini­tia­tive aims to make more stu­dents job-ready

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY STEVE

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.”

PHOTO: Mel Guy

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.

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