Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson will be joined by TAFE New England, Training Services NSW, local High Schools and Gunnedah industry professionals this week to discuss strategies for engaging more young people into traineeships and apprenticeships in the Gunnedah area.


Mr Anderson said the number of young people engaging in skills based training in the area needs to increase which is why he his calling for a cohesive solution between Government, training providers, schools and industry.


“The ability to attract young people into skills based training has changed, we are no longer seeing young people beating down doors to get an apprenticeship or traineeship and this begs the question why.


“Gunnedah is a thriving town with a big mix of manufacturing, retail, business services, hospitality, health care, mining and agriculture so in theory there are plenty of opportunities for our young people to become more engaged in skills based training.


“What we need to establish is how we better create links between training providers, employers and local youths to see apprentice and trainee numbers grow.


“TAFE NSW is undergoing massive reform so now is the ultimate time to establish how our local campus can best work with industry to meet their current and future training needs.”


TAFE New England Institute Director Peter Heilbuth welcomed the move saying the meeting is expected to help increase enrolments in the area.


“Vocational Education and Training is a major contributor to a community’s economic and social wellbeing.


“TAFE NSW is a key player in the region and we look forward to contributing to the workshop to make sure that the training we offer in Gunnedah meets the needs of young people and the community.”


The strategy meeting will take place this Friday at the Gunnedah Golf Club.

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