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Council addresses local skills shortages

19 April 2013 – Press Release

 

Holroyd City Council is addressing current and projected skills shortages across the local area by participating in the 2103 Try a Trade careers expo.

Local year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students from the Holroyd, Fairfield and Liverpool regions will have the opportunity to explore different trades and engage with trades people who will be able to provide information and personal insight into their particular job or industry.

Holroyd City Council will be showcasing the vast array of traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities available within Local Government.

There will be over 15 trade stalls including florists, bakers, mechanics, plumbers, plasterers, electricians, horticulturists and childcare.

Supervised activities will be set up around the expo, giving young people the opportunity totry different elements of jobs and trades before reaching the end of their studies and choosing a career.

Holroyd City Mayor, Ross Grove, said: “At current growth rates, Western Sydney’s population will reach 3 million by 2036 and the current jobs deficit will grow to 300,000 over the next 18 years. That’s enough missing jobs to fill Barangaroo more than a dozen times over.

“We need to invest in the training of local young people for jobs that the local area can supply.

“This will not only reduce our unemployment rate, but also redress the unmanageable commute between Western Sydney and Sydney CBD and North.

“Council is committed to engaging with young people in our community and providing direction and guidance at every opportunity we can.

“It is important for students to know how to get into trades, what is involved with different jobs, and where the trade can take them in the future.

“Students should take advantage of this rare opportunity to scope out the type of jobs out there and have a head start when thinking about their future careers. Have a go, see if it’s for you. If not rule it out and move onto the next stall.”

The Try a Trade careers expo will be held at Fairfield High School from Tuesday 21 May to Thursday 23 May.

For further information contact Public Relations via 9840 9840 or media@holroyd.nsw.gov.au