Schools get training boost

20 Sep 2018 Corryong Courier, Corryong VIC (General News) The Victorian government has announced funding for a skills development project put forward as a priority by the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership. Member for Northern Victoria. Jaclyn Symes. joined Labor candidate for Euroa, Fionna DcppelcrMorton, in Benalla last week to announce a 11.45 million grant under the Regional Skills Fund. The Ovens and Murray project involves embedding industry-based learning into 26 secondary schools in the region, including Corryong College, to develop young peoples interest and skills in agriculture, horticulture and the health and social sciences sectors. The North East Local Learning and Employment Network and North East Tracks Local Learning and Employment Network have developed the project in consultation with industry sectors that have identified a lack of jobready applicants. The $2.96 million project will expand on a successful pilot delivered in Mansfield that led to an increase in the number of students pursuing careers in industry sectors they had been exposed to through the program in their school. This is a great project to be launching at my former school which develops the skills young people need to meet the local industry opportunities, Ms Symes said. It will lead to more students seeking work in the sectors that need employees and that will help keep the region strong and mean that local kids who dont want to move away from home have more employment options. Skills and training arc vital for our local communities and economies, and a skilled workforce is whats needed to support jobs and keep our country communities strong. Ms Deppeler Morton said the project helps to address one of the Ovens Murray Regional Partnerships education and skills priorities to improve access to lifelong learning and create innovative learning pathways.