Clarence Valley youths will be connected to new job opportunities across several key industries currently experiencing staff shortages through an innovative Industry Training Hub.
Also aimed at tackling youth unemployment across the region, the Industry Training Hub is one of ten being trialled across the country as part of the Australian Government’s $50.6 million investment to build stronger connections for Year 11 and Year 12 students to enable them to develop skills and pursue careers in high demand occupations.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Industry Training Hub is “all about getting kids into jobs”, and he wants to see senior secondary school students be well placed to find employment when they leave school.
Mr Hogan identified the ag sector, health sector, creative industries and construction as the main areas of high employment availability, and he described the hub as an exciting project to “help fill the gaps.”
“Importantly, this will help promote the many opportunities in the vocational education and training sector as a first-choice career option,” he said.
“This (Industry Training Hub) matches skills with the kids with the jobs that are available in the region.”
Mr Hogan said there are many local businesses actively seeking new employees, and he wants youths throughout the region to be trained to be able to successfully fill the available positions.
While youth unemployment in Grafton currently sits at 2.4 percent, Mr Hogan wants the figure to decrease further and he welcomed the Industry Training Hub as being “great for the local area.”
Business NSW has been awarded the contract for the hub and has appointed Career Facilitator Kerren Law to establish programs and deliver services throughout the region.
Ms Law will be liaising with local industries, schools and careers advisers to identify entry level possibilities for young people to connect them with vocational pathways and allow them to establish sustainable careers.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for students to expand their vision of career possibilities beyond what they see and know,” she said.
“I’m excited to get started and there are so many positives associated with this project.”
Regional Manager of the NSW Business Chamber Jane Laverty said the new hub is fantastic for local business and industry stakeholders across the area and presents them with the opportunity to be supported in bringing young talent into their businesses.
“Young people are the future of this region and connecting them with business and industry now through the Industry Training Hub will really set them both up for success,” she said.
For more information about the Industry Training Hub and to connect with Ms Law, please visit www.dese.gov.au/industry-training-hubs