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Last week I vis­ited Maranatha House in Welling­ton and was given a tour by Chair­man John Trounce and Pres­i­dent Terry Frost. Work is cur­rently un­der­way to ex­pand the aged care fa­cil­ity, which will in­clude 20 new rooms, a new ad­min­is­tra­tion block, bistro style kitchen, train­ing fa­cil­i­ties for staff, laun­dry, main­te­nance shed, bus shed and chapel.

In 2014, $3 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to the pro­jected un­der the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Aged Care Ap­proval Round.

Work started in 2016 and is ex­pected to be com­plete next year. Also in the plan­ning stages for Maranatha House, is an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional child­care cen­tre that will cater for 72 chil­dren. On Mon­day I at­tended the launch of the Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Skills Train­ing Youth Jobs PATH (Pre­pare – Trial – Hire) at TAFE West­ern Lith­gow Col­lege.

PATH is part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $188.3 mil­lion in­vest­ment in new Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Skills Train­ing to pre­pare more young Aus­tralians en­ter­ing the work­force.

In ad­di­tion to the train­ing, PATH also con­sists of

• Trial – a vol­un­tary in­tern­ship of four to 12 weeks to help young peo­ple gain the skills and work ex­pe­ri­ence they need to get and keep a job; and

• Hire – a Youth Bonus wage sub­sidy of up to $10,000 (GST in­clu­sive) for em­ploy­ers.

If you’re a job seeker aged 15 - 24 you may want to con­sider dis­cussing Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Skills Train­ing (EST) with your jobac­tive provider. More in­for­ma­tion about Youth Jobs PATH is avail­able at https://jobac­tive.gov.au/path

An­drew pic­tured with Maranatha House Chair­man John Trounce and Pres­i­dent Terry Frost.

Catch­ing up with Cr Anne Jones at Springfest.

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