Pro­gram calling for em­ploy­ment ideas

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

IDEAS are be­ing called upon from Wa­roona groups to help boost em­ploy­ment in the re­gion fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the Re­gional Em­ploy­ment Tri­als Pro­gram.

In the pro­gram each trial re­gion re­ceives $1 mil­lion for its em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tors to work with Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia com­mit­tees to de­velop lo­cally-de­vised em­ploy­ment projects.

Sug­gested projects in­cluded a men­tor­ing pro­gram with ex­pe­ri­enced or re­tired res­i­dents, pre­par­ing job seek­ers for an up­com­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects or em­ploy­ment through work experience pro­grams.

The pro­gram is due to start on Oc­to­ber 1, with the Peel re­gion one of 10 tak­ing part na­tion­wide.

Peel em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor Maryanne Baker said the pro­gram was an op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence for job seek­ers with lo­cally de­vel­oped and tar­geted so­lu­tions.

“It will help us utilise the ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity of the re­gion’s work­force,” she said.

Wa­roona shire pres­i­dent Mike Walm­s­ley said while em­ploy­ment could dip sea­son­ally, on av­er­age it was quite strong in Wa­roona with many jobs avail­able.

“It’s not as sig­nif­i­cant as some of the other big­ger cen­tres,” he said.

“It’s al­ways an is­sue, ob­vi­ously, but not one of our larger ones.”

Mr Walm­s­ley said he was in favour of con­nect­ing the com­mu­nity’s youth with ex­pe­ri­enced or re­tired res­i­dents in a men­tor­ing pro­gram.

“I’ve been try­ing to get some- thing through the school, with the Men’s Shed in par­tic­u­lar,” he said.

“It’s vi­tally im­por­tant that young peo­ple get some guid­ance from peo­ple that have been there and done that be­fore.”

Can­ning MHR An­drew Hastie said the pro­gram was part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on tack­ling un­em­ploy­ment in re­gional ar­eas us­ing a lo­cal ap­proach to em­ploy­ment so­lu­tions.

“We are em­pow­er­ing lo­cals to help solve these com­plex is­sues as they un­der­stand bet­ter than any­one the bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment their com­mu­ni­ties face,” Mr Hastie said.

“The most suc­cess­ful pro­grams are those that are flexible and adapt­able to lo­cal con­di­tions, and al­low com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate lo­cal so­lu­tions to their own dis­tinct needs.”

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