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Forum to showcase local employment opportunities to school leavers.

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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: Web:

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

6 July 2006


A new era in school and industry relations is set to be forged via a regional-first forum aimed at identifying how the two sectors can best work together to secure local jobs for local youth, as well as the future of south west businesses.

Facilitated by the South West Local Learning Environment Network (SWLLEN) Local Community Partnership, the School and Industry Leaders Forum has been designed to help secure relationships between the region’s schools and industry to produce mutual, long term benefits.

In announcing the forum, Federal Member for Wannon, the Hon David Hawker said the SWLLEN Local Community Partnership was taking the lead to ensure the region’s school leavers had access to the best possible opportunities outside the school boundaries.

“We all know that for many students, a career in trade or industry is much better suited than following secondary education with tertiary study. In recognising this, the SWLLEN Local Community Partnership is ensuring that when leaving school, this region’s youth are given opportunities that are in their best interests, as well as in the interests of the industries and businesses that will employ them,” Mr Hawker said.

Funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training’s Career Advice Australia initiative, the one-day forum will be held in Warrnambool on 4 October 2006, and will involve schools, businesses, and industry from across south west Victoria.

All industry sectors and both private and government schools will be represented.

“Small, medium and large enterprises will be represented at the event,” Mr Hawker added, to indicate that it was not just ‘big business’ that had something to offer the region’s students.

“It will be a chance to reinforce to business and industry the benefits of working closely with schools, and how important it is for education providers to be well-versed on local opportunities and emerging jobs,” Mr Hawker said.

“Quality career advice can have a huge impact on a students’ future, not to mention the success of a business or industry that employs an eager student perfectly suited to their needs.”

Mr Hawker said that the forum will be a great way of showcasing local opportunities to schools, proving that young people don’t always need to move to the city to find a rewarding career.

Businesses interested in finding out more about the forum should contact SWLLEN on (03) 5561 0047 or email


Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100