Glenorchy Jobs Hub to focus on opportunities and skills for locals

2 March 2021|Finance| Off Comments off on Glenorchy Jobs Hub to focus on opportunities and skills for locals|

TASMANIANS living in Hobart’s northern suburbs will soon have better access and support to find job opportunities in the area’s many developments and flourishing industries, following the launch of the Glenorchy Jobs Hub.

Led by the Glenorchy City Council with $1.3 million funding over two years from the Tasmanian Government, the Glenorchy Jobs Hub will provide a vital link between employers and job seekers.

Mayor of Glenorchy Kristie Johnston said the program would work with local businesses, industries and education providers to understand their current and future skills needs, and to ensure that people in the community would have the right education, training and opportunity to meet those needs.

It will also identify and address the social, health and wellbeing barriers to employment.

“The strength of this particular model is that it is community based and it’s really centred in the Glenorchy community for Glenorchy people,” Ms Johnston said.

“We know that there are people in our community experiencing significant barriers entering into the workforce.

“We’re looking at how we can work with local people in our community to ensure that they can access the job opportunities that are coming their way.”

Ms Johnston said a similar model already had proven success, with the South East Employment Hub, delivered by Colony 47 working with South East Regional Development Association and the Trade Training Centre, having placed more than 250 people in employment since it began operating in July 2019.

“It’s about working one on one through coaches to look at the barriers to enter into the workforce,” she said.

“It could be that someone has some issues around qualification or experience – we can help them get that.”

“It might be that someone isn’t quite job ready yet, they need to improve on their interview skills, they need the right clothes to wear, or they’re not sure what area they would like to work in.”

The foundational work done by council includes the employment of a workforce development facilitator, formation of a local steering committee and expert reference group, finalisation of an up to date Regional Workforce Development Plan, and a brand created for the Jobs Hub.

The work paves the way for the next stage which is the establishment of the actual Hub later this year, including a specialist provider, via a tender going out in coming weeks, establishing the physical location and creating an online jobs portal.

Minister for Strategic Growth Sarah Courtney said the Glenorchy Jobs Hub would help ensure locals directly benefitted from the opportunities in the community and the effects of a strong economy.

“Recent data show the strength in Tasmania’s economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19, with ABS Labour Force data showing that employment in Tasmania is now back to pre-pandemic levels, and we have the lowest unemployment rate of any state,” Minister for Strategic Growth Sarah Courtney said.

“This demonstrates that our plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania is doing exactly what we need it to – underpinning confidence and providing a strong foundation for continued economic growth.”

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