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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

17 December 2007 EMBARGOED UNTIL THURSDAY 20TH DECEMBER

GRADUATES ENTER INTO WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today congratulated seventeen graduates of South West Victorian SEAL whose qualifications in community services have opened up a world of opportunities.

Mr Hawker said the graduates will be entering a strong local economy where demand for skilled workers is at a premium.

“I congratulate all graduates on their initiative and willingness to apply for this course, re-skill, and get back into the workforce,” Mr Hawker said.

“It’s great to see them taking advantage of the fantastic employment opportunities locally, particularly in aged care, where a significant number have already secured employment.”

Twelve of the graduates have been offered jobs by local organisations where they completed the practical component of their Certificate III studies.

“This in itself illustrates the quality of the education, and says even more about the work-ethic and skills of the graduates,” Mr Hawker said.

“South West Victorian SEAL is doing a wonderful job in re-skilling the local workforce, and creating opportunities for those who may have felt they were missing out on participating in the region’s current prosperity.”

South West Victorian SEAL’s Community Services Coordinator, Cheryl Durston, said she was very proud of the graduates and what they have achieved in their eight months of training.

“It has been an amazing journey, not only for the graduates but for me as well. At SEAL it is our aim to facilitate an inclusive learning environment that recognises a person’s current skills and encourages them to improve and learn skills applicable to the current industry requirements. This enables the student to be work ready and up to date with the current trends in the industry,” Ms Durston said.

“The other important aspect is to encourage the student to acknowledge their own self worth thus gain the confidence to take up the challenge and re-enter the employment arena. The graduates’ enthusiasm, dedication and commitment have also contributed to the success of the course. I have every confidence these graduates will make a difference and will be recognised for their contribution to the aged care and disability work sectors.”

Ms Durston also thanked local organisations Lyndoch, Karingal, Gillin Park and the Warrnambool City Council for creating training places for the students.

“Many of these organisations are looking for mature aged employees, and the specific life skills that they bring with them,” she said. - ENDS -

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