Treasurer Tim Pallas visited AME Systems in Ararat on June 22 to announce $228,000 from the Regional Skills Fund to establish a Jobs and Learning Hub, which will link job seekers to industry, and help connect them to necessary education and training. An Industry Skills Coordinator will be allocated as part of this hub.
“The new skills coordinator will be a link between people looking for a job, trainers, formal education, and employers,” said Treasurer Tim Pallas.
The project will also identify priorities for workforce development in and around Ararat and Stawell, and help find training solutions to local issues, align training provision to industry needs, assist industry to navigate the training system, and grow the educational aspirations of community members.
“Skills and training are vital for our local communities and economies, and a skilled workforce is what’s needed to support jobs and keep our regional communities strong,” said Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney.
The project is championed by the Central Highlands Regional Partnership in response to priority issues raised by local communities.
It has been developed by a steering group comprised of a wide cross-section of community and industry group leaders that will continue to guide the project.
The steering group includes representatives from Central Grampians Local Learning Employment Network, Stawell Neighbourhood House, Grampians Community Health, East Grampians Health Service, Ararat Regional Business Association, StawellBiz, AME Systems and Gason.
The Regional Skills Fund is a place-based program driven by industry, in partnership with the tertiary sector, to build local capacity and create job pathways.