Expressions of interest are now open for membership of the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce to help connect job seekers and school leavers with training and employment opportunities.

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said the taskforce would be chaired by the Wide Bay Sunshine Coast Employment Facilitator as a part of the Morrison Government’s $62.8 million Local Jobs Program.

“The taskforce will use the valuable local knowledge of employers, employment and training providers and other stakeholders to develop projects appropriate to the local community, that will help get job seekers back into work,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This local knowledge and collaboration is vital to enable people to access new opportunities without having to move away from the region.”

Mr O’Brien said it was important that the jobs recovery is locally-led to provide tailored support to help people to find work within the region. 

“Wide Bay communities and small and family businesses know what works best for them, and have great ideas about how to help local people get back into work,” Mr O’Brien said.

“As part of the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces, we want members who wish to make a difference in the lives of people in Wide Bay, and I encourage applications from passionate local people who want to help support their community.”

There will be 25 Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces formed around Australia, supported by Employment Facilitators in each region.

Comprising a maximum of 10 members, each taskforce will be representative of the local region, with consideration given to motivated and active nominees who have demonstrated experience in upskilling, reskilling and local economic development.

Applicants are sought from diverse backgrounds. Taskforce members will be selected from a cross-section of key local stakeholders, including employers, training organisations, employment service providers, local and state government representatives, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives and other community organisations.

To apply, please visit: Expressions of Interest close COB 06 October 2020.


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