South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today announced a $25,000 grant to help the Collie Police and Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC) in its endeavour to make young people more employable.
“Following the success of our Collie Job Summit last month, which resulted in offers of more than 100 jobs, we identified that there was a problem with young people not having the skills that employers were looking for,” Mr Marlborough said.
The majority of the funding will be used to employ a project co-ordinator who will work to get the PCYC’s young people ready for employment.
In addition, $5,000 of the funding has been allocated to purchase new equipment for the youth club’s metal working and vehicle care workshop.
“This funding will help create a fit with potential employers by training the kids in the basic skills that will make them more employable,” Mr Marlborough said.
This initiative will also provide the young people who use the PCYC with coaching on life skills including personal grooming, workplace behaviour and safety, as well as helping them to prepare resumes to make the most of their job searches.
The equipment funding is to create a stock of basic tools and equipment for metal working and vehicle care including welding gear, floor jacks, car stands and workshop creepers.
The Minister said the job summit organised in conjunction with Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray on August 18 identified jobs in sheet metal work, semi-skilled work for earth works and construction, labouring, mechanics, welding, boilermaking and newspaper production.
“This funding is an investment in our youth and local business in Collie,” Mr Marlborough said.
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