Call to shape in­dus­try needs

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Res­i­dents of Ararat, Stawell and sur­round­ing ar­eas have been en­cour­aged to have their say on a new project de­signed to ad­dress lo­cal in­dus­try and em­ploy­ment needs.

Funded by the State Gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try, Jobs and Train­ing Con­nec­tion was estab­lished to cre­ate con­nec­tions be­tween po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers, job seek­ers, train­ing providers and those look­ing to up­skill to in­crease em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Project man­ager Ni­co­lene Har­vey en­cour­aged peo­ple in the cen­tral Grampians re­gion to par­tic­i­pate in an on­line sur­vey to en­sure the pro­gram met their needs.

“Es­sen­tially, we are try­ing to gather as much in­for­ma­tion as we can from lo­cal job seek­ers, po­ten­tial stu­dents, in­dus­try lead­ers and train­ing providers to en­sure we ad­dress the right is­sues and meet the spe­cific ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and em­ploy­ment needs of our com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“It’s not just about those start­ing their work­ing life, but mak­ing sure there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for any­one who wants to up­grade their cur­rent skills, re-en­ter the workforce after a pe­riod of ab­sence or change their ca­reer path.

“Bring­ing high qual­ity, sus­tain­able train­ing back to the lo­cal re­gion will be a key pri­or­ity.”

Ms Har­vey said the sur­vey could be com­pleted at www.sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/job­sand­train­ing Con­nec­tion un­til the end of July.

“It’s vi­tal that we hear from a wide cross-sec­tion of the com­mu­nity so the train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties we pro­vide are rel­e­vant to lo­cal in­dus­try and ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple look­ing to find work,” she said.

“We are also look­ing to host in­dus­try and in­for­ma­tion ses­sions in Ararat and Stawell so peo­ple can learn more about what we have in store for this project.

“There are go­ing to be some great things hap­pen­ing which will really help to ad­dress workforce de­vel­op­ment and grow the ed­u­ca­tional as­pi­ra­tions of our com­mu­nity.”

Peo­ple can call Ms Har­vey on 0466 638 485 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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