Call to shape industry needs
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.