Spotlight on Illawarra region - senior representatives visit
Senior representatives from Training Services NSW toured parts of the Illawarra region on 27 and 28 April to meet with agencies and organisations who are supporting education, skills and employment in the region.
The regional tour commenced with a round table discussion with The Department of Premier and Cabinet and industry representatives on the Illawarra Youth Employment Strategy (IllawarraYES).
The IllawarraYES is a 12-month pilot which involves key government agencies working in partnership with industry, non-government organisations and employment service providers to address youth unemployment through pre-employment programs that connect young people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed to secure jobs within identified industries across the region.
This was followed by a facility visit to TAFE NSW Illawarra who showcased their carpentry workshops and their creative distance delivery model of the Certificate in IV Building via Moodle, a distance learning platform that allows isolated students across this extensive region to access training via a virtual classroom environment.
The Illawarra ITeC then showcased their construction workshops with a focus on set design building, their fully functioning recording studio, and theatre for delivery of Live Production, Theatre & Events. The ITeC is a not for profit organisation which provides services in education, training and skills development to a diverse range of clients such as youth at risk, people with disabilities, indigenous and disadvantaged jobseekers including homeless people.
Next the delegation met with young people being supported by Southern Youth and Family Services (SYFS), an independent community-based charity organisation which works to reduce homelessness and prevent hardship and disadvantage amongst young people and their families. Many of these youths had experienced significant personal, mental and financial stress, but demonstrated a positive attitude and commitment towards improving their lives.
Day two included a meeting with Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT), a specialist training organisation providing aged care courses developed by a team of industry experts. IRT discussed new models of delivery they are piloting, strategies to support those with a disability working in the aged care sector, and successes in attracting young people to their school based program.
The tour completed by visiting Fusion Training Solutions (FTS) facilities including the outdoor learning space, construction workshop, cleaning operations and classrooms. FTS also supports unemployed youth and uses the outdoor space to train students in courses such as horticulture, landscaping and other environmental jobs.