Fraser Coast industry leaders heading to the classroom

Fraser Coast’s Regional Jobs Committee, also known as Jobs Fraser Coast, is launching a new program to help more young people understand and pursue job opportunities with local industries that are looking for workers.

Minister Di Farmer with representatives of Job Fraser Coast. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Fraser Coast Jobs Commitment will connect high school students with local employers.

Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the Queensland Government was helping to create jobs, improve training opportunities, and drive economic activity right across Queensland through their $14.2 billion COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

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“We know the employment and training needs on the Fraser Coast are different to those in Townsville or Toowoomba.

“That’s why we developed Regional Jobs Committees, so those with the local expertise can engage with government and other stakeholders to make plans that work for where they are. And that’s exactly what the Fraser Coast Committee is doing.”

Member for Hervey Bay Adrian Tantari said the project would make a big difference.

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“The Fraser Coast Jobs Commitment is helping young people in the region by connecting them with local industry to help them better understand their education, training, and employment options,” Mr Hunt said.

“This means they are better informed about the options and career paths in front of them. Helping young people find the right job is great news for them, and for businesses across the Fraser Coast.”

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders thanked Jobs Fraser Coast and their stakeholders for developing the Fraser Coast Jobs Commitment.

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“There’s already ten secondary schools signed up, and those students will get direct access to industry representatives.

“There will be sessions in schools as well as at workplaces, and this access will really help students make informed decisions about their future careers.”

Jobs Fraser Coast acting chair Mark Lourigan said the Jobs Commitment program is an exciting collaboration of schools and industry.

“Jobs Fraser Coast continues to work towards building a stronger future workforce for the Fraser Coast,” Mr Lourigan said.

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“Research shows that youth with four positive interactions with industry have improved outcomes for employment.

“The experiences on the program will help align students’ vocational expectations with local opportunities and career options.”

Regional Jobs Committees are funded through the $200 million Future Skills Fund, with a strong focus on engagement and local leadership of skills and workforce challenges. There are five other established committees in Townsville, Mackay, Springfield, Toowoomba, and Redlands, with two more recently announced for the Gold Coast and Bundaberg.

Press release issued by Queensland Government on Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

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