The Federal Government is connecting secondary students in the Clarence Valley and Mid North Coast to new job opportunities through the opening of an Industry Training Hub.
Business NSW has been awarded the contract and has employed Ms Kerren Law to deliver Training Hub services to the region. This position will create better linkages between schools and local industry, and help focus on developing skills for occupations most relevant to the region.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said that improving opportunities for young people was a major priority of the Government.
“The new Training Hub will help tackle youth unemployment in the Clarence Valley and Mid North Coast region by working with, and encouraging Year 11 and 12 students, to build skills and choose occupations in demand in our region,” Mr Hogan said.
“We want senior secondary school students to be well-placed to find employment when they leave school.”
“Importantly, this new Training Hub will help promote the many opportunities in the vocational education and training sector as a first-choice career option.”
Industry Training Hub Career Facilitator Kerren Law said she is excited to get started unpacking the Hub and establishing its programming.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for students to expand their vision of career possibilities beyond what they see and know,” Ms Law said.
“It’s important work, our young people are tomorrows future business, industry and community leaders. Ideally students look at vocational education and training with fresh eyes, and weave this into their career planning pathway.”
Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty said they are really excited about what the Industry Training Hub can achieve for both young people and employers in the region who are looking to make the most of the Vocational Education & Training opportunity.
“Business leaders are very focused on their workforce development so this it is great timing for the Hub establishment,” Ms Laverty said.
The Grafton Training Hub is one of 10 being trialled across the country as part of the Australian Government’s $50.6 million investment to improve opportunities for year 11 and 12 students in regions with high youth unemployment.
More details can be found at: www.dese.gov.au/industry-training-hubs