Twenty-four people from the Ballarat region are on the path to a new career, as they participate in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Careers Program.
Member for Ballarat, Catherine King today commended the course, which sees participants undertake a 16 week program, training in manufacturing and workplace health and safety skills. Participants also receive mentoring support and career guidance.
The program commenced in mid-February and trains participants in a range of areas, with focus on specific skills required in the labour market in the Ballarat area.
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting jobs and skills throughout Australia, especially in regional centres,” Ms King said.
“We are investing $84,000 in this project, which is one of many being implemented in Priority Employment Areas across the nation.”
“We know that there are significant barriers for many people looking to enter the workforce. This project aims to address those areas so people can get jobs in the industries which are looking for staff.”
Ms King welcomed the investment in Ballarat and the support for local job seekers.
“The CALD Careers Program is a fantastic example of how a community can work together to create innovative employment and training solutions that help businesses, job seekers and the broader community,” Ms King said.
The program was developed to address the needs of disadvantaged job seekers in the region.
Its development was led by Local Employment Coordinator, Mr Andrew Gibbs, in conjunction with local stakeholders including the City of Ballarat, The University of Ballarat, the Australian Industry Group, local employment services, and the Central Highlands Regional Settlement Planning Committee.
This project is funded from the Flexible Funding Pool, which is a $20 million initiative announced in 2011-12 Budget to support the work of the Local Employment Coordinators in the 20 Priority Employment Areas.
It is part of the $45.2 million Priority Employment Area initiative that will deliver targeted employment programs for disadvantaged job seekers and employers in regions affected by changes in local economies and industries.
The Australian Government is committed to helping people into work and is investing in a range of practical skills, training and job support programs.
For employers wanting to support participants by providing work experience of job opportunities, or for more information on the project, contact Mr Andrew Gibbs, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.