The Andrews Labor Government is funding a new regional project to address skills and workforce shortage issues in the Mallee.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today announced a $270,000 grant to Murray Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network’s ‘Connect U’ project, through the Labor Government’s Regional Skills Fund.
‘Connect U’ will develop a customised online career platform that will coordinate local service and employment agencies, educational providers and industry.
The ‘Connect U’ project will also:
- provide tools and support for people to determine their work readiness, skill awareness and career goals
- promote local industry opportunities in health, manufacturing, agriculture and community services
- develop online tools to connect users with training opportunities develop skills or help to define their career pathway
- deliver innovative and industry-focussed skill development programs.
The program will help established employment agencies, education providers and local industry reduce duplication and better coordinate services, and deliver programs more targeted to the Mallee’s workforce.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“We’ve worked closely with the Murray Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network to help make the ‘Connect U’ project happen.”
“The new online career development platform will provide a central point for local service and employment agencies, educational providers and industry.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney
“Skills and workforce shortages are a challenge right across regional Victoria. This project will provide a localised approach to get people the training they need for the jobs in demand in the Mallee region.”
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“Connect U will link employment agencies, educational providers and local industry to address workforce needs”
Reviewed 19 August 2020