Students in Shepparton nearing the completion of their secondary studies can expect new opportunities to develop skills for occupations that have the best employment prospects in the region.

The opening of a new Industry Training Hub in Shepparton – one of 10 hubs being trialled across the country – forms part of a $50.6 million investment by the Federal Government to improve opportunities for year 11 and 12 students in regional areas that have high youth unemployment.

Minister for Education, Skills and Employment, Michaelia Cash, said MEGT had been awarded the contract for Shepparton and surrounding areas.

“Young people can face longer periods of unemployment than other age groups, and in regional areas they are particularly at risk of falling into long-term welfare dependency,” Ms Cash said.

“By focusing on vocational education and training, people on the cusp of their adult working lives in these regions will develop the skillset and confidence they need to embark on a fulfilling career with long-term prospects.”

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Shepparton training hub would be managed by full-time career facilitator Kristen Elliott, who will introduce students to industry opportunities.

“Ms Elliott will engage with local employers who are experiencing difficulty finding people with the right skills they need for their business or organisation, and in turn, advise senior high school students of skill shortages,” Mr Drum said.

“This is all about building a strong workforce that meets industry needs of our region.”

The opening of the Shepparton hub follows those already operating in Burnie and Townsville.

Additional training hubs are planned for Grafton and Gosford in NSW, Wanneroo and Armadale in Western Australia, and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

More information can be found here.

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