2016 ABS figures showed that more Tasmanians are in employment than ever before, with 7200 new jobs created since the March 2014 election, but there’s still a lot more work to do.
I am pleased to announce the Government is providing a grant of $250,000 to the Geeveston Community Centre (GeCo) to support the establishment of a community-based social enterprise to be known as Huon Valley Works.
This initiative will connect job seekers and people re-entering the workforce with community support, training and employers.
Huon Valley Works is a great example of a community coming together to work for the economic prosperity of their region, and will be a win for both local businesses and job seekers.
Bringing together community support through GeCo, group training and labour hire services, training organisations and local employers, Huon Valley Works will work to connect people with jobs in aquaculture, agriculture, and aged and disability care.
Tasmania’s Neighbourhood Houses are ideally placed to lead initiatives like this.
They provide responsive, place-based, innovative vocational education and training (VET) programs working in their local communities.
Neighbourhood Houses are valuable partners in increasing life opportunities and pathways to enrich the quality of life in the local community by facilitating the social, cultural, learning and creative development of our communities.