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$700,000 helps train Latrobe Valley unemployed.

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$700,000 helps train Latrobe Valley unemployed

Friday, July 17, 2009

Source: Darren Chester MP

Try Youth and Community Services will train 70 job seekers in the Latrobe Valley following the announcement of $700,000 from the Federal Government.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the funding would provide training opportunities for the next 12 months and helped secure the future of Try Youth and Community Services.

Try Youth missed out on the new Job Services Australia contracts, which commenced on July 1 2009, and had raised with Mr Chester their grave doubts about viability into the future as a result of losing that income stream.

Mr Chester said he was pleased that he had been able to work with the Federal Government to help Try Youth secure new funding so that they could continue to support job seekers in the Latrobe Valley.

“Being the only employment service provider in the Latrobe Valley that provides construction skills particularly suited to unemployed young males, it was essential in the current economic climate that the organisation received Government assistance,” Mr Chester said.

“Try Youth has now secured $700,000 to work in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, Westpac Foundation, DHS, Fletcher Insulation and the Trades and Labour Council to train 70 job seekers in the construction industry.

“The contract will provide energy and water efficient homes for public housing, but importantly, Try Youth will use the opportunity to provide construction industry training to job seekers.”

Mr Chester said Try Youth had previously provided construction training to job seekers through the Our Future Our Place program.

“This proved to be a great success with several participants able to gain long-term employment in the building industry as a result of the skills they learnt and the people they met,” Mr Chester said.

“Try Youth is confident they can provide meaningful employ opportunities from on the job training while providing the community with more public housing.”

Mr Chester said the project would see nine new public houses and more than 1000 retrofits to make public housing more environmentally sustainable.