Hendy Cowan

Hendy Cowan

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Mike Board

Mike Board

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    State Government program to help regional school leavers

    2/01/2001 9:00 AM
     
    2/1/01

    Thousands of school leavers throughout regional Western Australia will benefit from Regional Access, an Internet-based, one-stop-shop for career planning and employment services, announced by the State Government today.

    Deputy Premier Hendy Cowan and Employment and Training Minister Mike Board jointly announced the facility, which co-ordinates the many employment information services available to young people living outside the metropolitan area.

    Regional Access is being set up with the help of a $200,000 grant from the Regional Development Trust Fund, established by the State Government earlier last year.

    The grant will enable the Department of Training and Employment to establish a new, regional-specific website RegionalAccess, an on-line, one-stop shop with a supporting 1300 telephone advisory service.

    Regional Access, expected to be available in February, is based around the website and phone service, which will provide career and employment information and advice for young people and their parents.

    Regional Development Commissions will also host workshops for service providers to promote a more co-ordinated approach to the provision of services within the regions.

    “This initiative will ensure young people in regional and remote areas have simplified access to the latest and best information to help them make the transition from school to the workforce or on to further education,” Mr Cowan said.

    “Under the project, the website and 1300 service will link to a broad range of regional youth employment and training service providers, including Joblink, JobNetwork, TAFE colleges, Centrelink, regional university campuses, group training schemes, New Apprenticeship Centres, Community Development Employment Projects, and Business Enterprise Centres.”

    Employment and Training Minister Mike Board said Regional Access responded to the findings of a recently-completed research project ‘Futures at Stake’, which showed young people in the regions blamed lack of access to information as a major impediment to career planning.

    Mr Board said Regional Access was modelled on the WA Department of Training and Employment’s highly successful School Leaver Program and GetAccess website.

    “Last year more than 45,000 school leavers were contacted through the School Leaver Program and the GetAccess website
    (http://www.getaccess.com.au) career information to thousands of job seekers, educators and parents,” he said.

    “The website has been averaging 200,000 hits a month, demonstrating that the Internet is an effective vehicle for providing career information to young people and to the professionals who provide youth services.”

    Mr Board said the 1300 Access regional phone advisory service would complement the new website and guarantee a single point of contact to all regional providers of youth employment, education and training services.

    “This project will streamline existing information,” he said.

    “The fact is that many school leavers are often unsure where to find help, or of the help available. They are often unaware of the competitiveness and demands of the labour market.

    “It is imperative that we ensure that young people have access to the information and services they need to plan for their future.”

    Media contacts:
    Minister Board’s Office - Tamatha Smith, 9222 9211
    Deputy Premier’s office - Peter Jackson: 9222 8788