School leavers in the Shepparton region will be helped in their hunt for a job by a new Industry Training Hub – one of 10 trial sites being established across the country as part of a $50.6 million investment by the Federal Government.
Targeting year 11 and 12 students in areas that have high youth unemployment, the hubs are designed to connect students with local industry and business. Guided by a Career Facilitator, participants will develop skills and learn about the most in-demand occupations locally.
Training hubs in Burnie and Townsville are already operational, while another eight regions – Shepparton being the only one in Victoria – will soon have their own hub.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Federal Government has released a Request for Tender for the Shepparton hub.
“I encourage individuals and organisations with relevant experience who want to assist senior high school students to build skills and enter the workforce to take this opportunity to apply and make a difference,” Mr Drum said.
“Our local training hub will have a dedicated Career Facilitator to be an on-the-ground presence in Shepparton, who will create stronger links between schools and local industry.
“Once established, the hub will help strengthen partnerships between local schools, industries and employers, and ensure that vocational education and training is a first-choice option.”
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, said improving opportunities for young people was a priority of the Federal Government.
“We want senior secondary school students to be well-placed to find employment when they leave school,” Ms Cash said.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Steve Irons, said the Industry Training Hubs will provide an invaluable service, connecting students with local industry and business.
“Training Hubs are another example of how the Federal Government is committed to ensuring our youth have the skills they need for the jobs of not only today, but the future,” Mr Irons said.
The Industry Training Hubs form part of the Federal Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package, designed to strengthen the vocational education and skills sector.
More information on the Industry Training Hubs is available at dese.gov.au/ith
More information on the Request for Tender is available at the AusTender website.