Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis has welcomed a new $1 million, locally based Employment Initiative fund. Gilmore is one of only ten regions across the country with this new program. This joint initiative will involve employment facilitators in Gilmore and Regional Development Australia Far South Coast (RDAFSC). Under the $18.4 million Regional Employment Trials Program, there will be a new Employment Facilitator appointed through a competitive tender process. Tendering is now open and closes on 18 July. Examples of projects that could be funded include:
using experienced or retired residents, and local business leaders in a mentoring program
preparing job seekers for an up-coming infrastructure project
work experience programs that provide local employment opportunities.
“The new Local Employment Initiative Fund will directly support jobs development through mentoring programs and the upskilling of people looking for work so that they are job ready," said Mrs Sudmalis. “We have invested in programs such as the Regional Jobs Investment Package creating up to 1000 jobs in Gilmore, the entrepreneurship facilitator and the business incubator. This is another win for our region." Chair of RDAFSC, Rob Pollock, OAM said our region is an obvious choice for participation in the Program and for jobs development. “This Trial Program will greatly assist our region’s on-the-ground experts to develop employment programs that will offer quantifiable outcomes,” said Mr Pollock.