More hours

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI

THE Myrtle­ford Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre is one of the big win­ners out of last week’s Vic­to­rian bud­get.

The State Gov­ern­ment’s $21.8mil­lion state wide pledge to neigh­bour­hood houses will see a five hour weekly in­crease to the cen­tre’s hours.

The cen­tre which was funded for just five hours in 2005 will now op­er­ate for 25 hours a week.

“It’s mas­sive for us,” man­ager Jill Gra­ham said.

“The more funded hours we can get the more ac­ces­si­ble we can be­come, to have that re­li­able staff here and that con­ti­nu­ity and con­sis­tency here is very im­por­tant.”

With the added hours the cen­tre will be able to bet­ter roll out their flex­i­ble learn­ing hub which they’ve been run­ning in part­ner­ship with Wodonga TAFE for the past three years.

“It’s go­ing to al­low us to of­fer a wide range of cour­ses to peo­ple in the Alpine Shire which is go­ing to be great, peo­ple will not have to travel to Wodonga or Wan­garatta they will be able to have their train­ing right here,” Ms Gra­ham said.

“We have done Certificate III in chil­dren’s ser­vices which we will do again, we are also look­ing at fork­lift, RSA, food safety, some con­struc­tion and white card sort of things and also some ru­ral skill set classes.”

The cen­tre will also look to in­tro­duce man­age­ment classes for fledg­ling lo­cal busi­nesses while tourism stud­ies and other pop­u­lar TAFE cour­ses are now pos­si­ble op­tions for the fu­ture.

“We can as­sist up and com­ing small busi­nesses in the area with the fi­nan­cial and mar­ket­ing side of things,” she said.

“It’s all about be­ing able to up-skill peo­ple in the com­mu­nity from wher­ever they might be.”

The cen­tre also op­er­ates a pre-em­ploy­ment course which serves as a start­ing point for peo­ple look­ing to gain the con­fi­dence to en­ter the work force or ac­cred­ited train­ing.

Those al­ready in the work­force are also able to use the ser­vices to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of work and to con­tin­u­ally sharpen their skillsets.

“Carter Holt Har­vey is the main em­ployer in the town so there are a lot of peo­ple work­ing as ca­su­als, we are try­ing to give them the skills they need to be em­ployed over long pe­ri­ods,” Ms Gra­ham said.

“Peo­ple won’t have to go do a long-winded Cert III or IV it will more just be the chance for peo­ple to pick up the skills they need, it might be chain­saw or some sort of ma­chin­ery op­er­a­tion.

“We can be a lot more ver­sa­tile with our of­fer­ings and now have that added sta­bil­ity to plan for the fu­ture which is very ex­cit­ing.”

PHOTO: Tate Spiteri

BOOST: Jill Gra­ham (left) and Vicki Bur­ring­ton are de­lighted with the La­bor gov­ern­ment’s record­break­ing com­mit­ment to neigh­bour­hood houses.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.