Jun 25, 2021

Job seekers in the Illawarra South Coast region will continue to benefit from the Australian Government’s $276 million Local Jobs Program, with an extension to existing Employment Facilitator services starting from 1 July 2021.

Employment Facilitator Andrew Wales will continue to identify labour market challenges in the Illawarra South Coast region while generating and coordinating employment and training opportunities for local job seekers.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, said the Employment Facilitator program identifies areas where employment opportunities are available, and the skills required for these roles.

‘The Government will continue to support the COVID-19 and bushfire recovery of the region’s small business sector, through the provision of locally relevant training and upskilling opportunities for job seekers,’ Minister Robert said.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the Illawarra South Coast region requires skilled workers who are trained in aged and community care and in the manufacturing sector, including current and future construction projects.

‘The Local Jobs Program aims to increase the capacity of the region’s workforce by supporting the creation of skilled technical employment opportunities. Our goal is to build a locally-based workforce of skilled workers, by providing job seekers with innovative and agile training and upskilling opportunities,’ Senator Molan said.

The Local Jobs Program has been extended to 30 June 2025 and is expanding from 25 Employment Regions to cover all 51 Employment Regions across Australia, which will increase the number of facilitator services on the ground around the country.

More details can be found at: https://www.dese.gov.au/local-jobs-program