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Future pathway is bright for graduates 10 July 2013

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

Maria Vamvakinou MP Member for Calwell

More than 25 local job seekers celebrated their graduation last night with their families and friends at the Hume Global Learning Centre after completing the Future Pathways program run by Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas and Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou congratulated the trainees on their achievements and acknowledged the work of the trainers from the Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.

Attending the graduation ceremony, Ms Vamvakinou said the Future Pathways Project, which is funded by the Federal Labor Government's Local Solutions Fund, has helped local men and women of varying ages and backgrounds to commence and complete training in children's services and aged care.

"This fantastic program has achieved great results, with 14 of the trainees now employed within their selected industry, six undertaking diplomas in Children's Services and two participants going on to pursue higher education opportunities," Ms Vamvakinou said.

"Congratulations to the graduates.

"The support our government has provided, together with the drive and determination to achieve shown by the program's participants has delivered terrific results."

The project became one of 11 community projects in Hume to share more than $730,000 last month from the Australian Labor Government's second round of the Local Solutions Fund.

The Local Solutions Fund is part of the Australian Government's Better Futures, Local Solutions initiative, and relies on local knowledge to allocate funding to where help is needed most to boost education, training and job opportunities.

Senator McLucas said the Future Pathways project was recommended for funding by the Hume Local Advisory Group, a group of local volunteers brought together for their knowledge of the region and their strong desire to see improvements.

"This project gives job seekers the skills they need to find and keep employment, including relevant training and resume and interview skills assistance," Senator McLucas said.

"Importantly, the trainees had the opportunity to complete 200 hours of supported work placement with local employers in areas where there are skills shortages.

"This graduation highlights the results that can be achieved by a program designed by the local community, for the local community."

Spectrum CEO, Rosemary Kelada said this program is a pathway to long term employment and further study. It has given participants more confidence, skills and a brighter future.

"One participant now manages her own Family Day Care business and another mature participant secured a job at a local child care centre," Ms Kelada said.

"She was worried during her placement that the centre would want a younger and more energetic employee, but in fact she was one of our first participants to secure a job. The kids loved having someone who is like a grandmother figure around, and the staff saw her life experience as an asset."

For the full list of the funded projects and more information on the Local Solutions Fund visit humanservices.gov.au/bfls[6]