A PARTNERSHIP with manufacturing businesses that has helped four out of five local people secure jobs has elevated The Centre in Wangaratta to the Victorian Learn Local Awards final.
The Centre is in the running for two awards, for its Manufacturing Entry Level Worker Program, and Learn Local Legend award for the Hume region.
In 2011 the education facilitator identified a gap in the manufacturing industry and a way it could give entry level workers the skills to find a job.
This came about through the North East Industry Workforce Development Taskforce that had been set up to address workforce and sustainability concerns of local manufacturers.
The Centre chief executive officer Felicity Williams said there are cases where long-term unemployed people struggle to find continued employment but the program has been able to skill these people up and tailor their learning to industry needs.
“One example was Jake Bawden who was long-term unemployed but he was able to take part in the program and secure a job with Australian Textile Mills (ATM),” Ms Williams said.