Win-win on of­fer for em­ploy­ers

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Be­nalla is lag­ging be­hind neigh­bour­ing towns in pro­vid­ing work place­ments and School Based Ap­pren­tice­ships for lo­cal stu­dents.

Mem­bers of the Be­nalla Fu­ture Work Project are look­ing to re­verse this trend by pro­vid­ing lo­cal busi­nesses with in­for­ma­tion to de­mys­tify the process of tak­ing on a young per­son, and high­light the many ben­e­fits in­clud­ing sup­port and fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives.

NETracks LLEN ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and Fu­ture Work Steer­ing Group mem­ber Danny O’Donoghue said there was a para­dox in the labour mar­ket in Be­nalla and more broadly across Aus­tralia.

‘‘We are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a high rate of youth un­em­ploy­ment on one hand and busi­nesses find it very dif­fi­cult to fill jobs with peo­ple with ap­pro­pri­ate skills, at­tributes and at­ti­tudes, on the other,’’ Mr O’Donoghue said.

This is where lo­cal busi­ness can be­come in­volved. The key to solv­ing this dilemma is hav­ing young peo­ple ex­posed to the work en­vi­ron­ment while they are still at school.

The tried and proven suc­cess­ful model for this to hap­pen is School-Based Ap­pren­tice­ships and Trainee­ships.

Em­ploy­ers can men­tor young peo­ple into the world of work and be re­im­bursed for some em­ploy­ment costs to as­sist their busi­ness fi­nan­cially in the short term.

The long-term gain for the busi­ness is hav­ing a po­ten­tial em­ployee know and un­der­stand the world of work. They are then ready for em­ploy­ment when they leave school.

The Fu­ture Work Steer­ing Group is stag­ing a free event to en­able lo­cal busi­nesses to find out more about the work place­ment op­tions avail­able.

The evening will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions from Sa­rina Russo Ap­pren­tice­ships, NE Tracks Lo­cal Learn­ing Em­ploy­ment Net­work and CVGT Aus­tralia.

Three lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple who have pro­vided work place­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Be­nalla’s young peo­ple will speak about their ex­pe­ri­ences and re­spond to ques­tions.

‘‘We are call­ing on more lo­cal busi­nesses to give a young per­son a great start to their work­ing life,’’ said Sally Math­e­son, pro­gram man­ager at To­mor­row To­day Foun­da­tion, which con­venes the Fu­ture Work Steer­ing Group.

‘‘With 80 per cent of em­ploy­ers in the Hume Re­gion say­ing skills are more im­por­tant than qual­i­fi­ca­tions and 74 per cent of these em­ploy­ers agree­ing there has been a pos­i­tive re­turn on in­vest­ment from train­ing, now is a great time to sup­port the work place­ment and train­ing of Be­nalla’s young peo­ple.’’

The free Be­nalla Busi­ness Sup­port­ing Young Peo­ple event will be held at Raf­fety’s Re­cep­tions, via Denny St car park, on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, 6.30 pm­for 7 pm start. Reg­is­tra­tions are nec­es­sary, for cater­ing pur­poses. Phone 5762 1211 by Oc­to­ber 8 to reg­is­ter.

Op­tions: The Be­nalla Fu­ture Work Project is pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal young­sters to get hands-on work­place ex­pe­ri­ence.

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