Program calling for employment ideas
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.”