Local barriers to training and workforce have been identified by the Regional Skills Investment Strategy (RSIS) Project Group.
Comprising Tablelands Regional Council staff and local business, the project group is working on solutions and outcomes for employment and business in the region.
‘The RSIS Project Group’s recent initiative — Tablelands Tomorrow — is a collaborative effort involving Tablelands businesses, chambers of commerce, schools and community groups,’ said Mayor Rod Marti.
‘A lot of our young people leave the Tablelands when they finish school, in search of other opportunities.
‘We want them to stay local so they can continue to contribute to our economy and community.
‘Tablelands Tomorrow identifies local opportunities and assists businesses to connect with schools, transition pathways officers, Vocational Partnership Group participants and community groups.
‘There’s great resources showing businesses how they can connect with trainee, apprentice, work experience, vocational placement, gap year and mentoring opportunities.
‘There are also a lot of financial incentives out there that this program can help you navigate.
‘There’s currently six apprenticeships and traineeships on offer, and over forty positions.
‘So far 80 businesses from across the Tablelands Regional and Mareeba Shire areas have been supported including primary industries, retail, hospitality, building and construction, health and social services.
‘If you’re a business looking to reap the benefits of this program, get in touch with our RSIS Project Coordinator, Kristy Whitehead, on TRCecondev@trc.qld.gov.au or 4089 2223,’ said Mayor Marti.
The RSIS project is proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government.