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Local opportunities to support young people into rewarding careers.



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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: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

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

21 October 2005

LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE INTO REWARDING CAREERS

Young people aged 13-19 years in Wannon will receive support and advice in their transition to a rewarding career thanks to a new Government initiative, according to Member for Wannon, David Hawker.

“$143 million has been put towards establishing the Australian Network of Industry Careers Advisers (ANICA) initiative, which will see every young Australian aged between 13-19 years provided with the career and transition support that will assist them in making the crucial decisions to find a fulfilling and enduring career,” Mr Hawker said.

“The initiative actively promotes the importance of high quality information and professional career advice and will be delivered through a network of Local Community Partnerships (LCPs).

“Our aim is to help young people find and achieve that which they know in their hearts they are most suited to do.”

LCPs will be funded to deliver the Career and Transition Support Program, Structured Workplace Learning Program and the Adopt a School Program. They will be supported by a network of Industry Career Advisers who will obtain specific industry sector information from a network of National industry Career Specialists.

The initiative will specifically help young people identified as being the most at risk of not moving successfully through school, and from school to further education, training or employment and active participation in the community.

Mr Hawker said that the program will achieve the following outcomes:

• improved career choices by young people; • increased school engagement; • increased industry and employer engagement in schools and career development; • increased awareness of the range of vocational education and training opportunities; and • improved quality and availability of career and transitions education.

“This initiative will ensure students, careers advisors, schools, local businesses and industry have the opportunity to engage with each other and facilitate career advice that is suited to young people’s needs,” he said.

Further information is available at www.dest.gov.au

Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100