October 13, 2021

A new Employment Facilitator will help connect employers with job seekers in the South Coast of Victoria region as part of the Australian Government’s $276 million Local Jobs Program.

Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, has welcomed the appointment of Ms Angela Hewett to the position.

Ms Angela Hewett started in the role this month and will use her expertise and previous experience in business development and employment services to identify and address workforce challenges in the region and work closely with local stakeholders, including employers, to generate employment and training opportunities for local job seekers.

Mr Tehan said Ms Hewett’s expertise and local knowledge will support economic recovery in the South Coast of Victoria region and help connect displaced workers with local employers and industries like manufacturing, transport, food and fibre and emerging jobs as the visitor economy and tourism pick back up.

‘I look forward to working with Ms Hewett to develop local solutions that help our community and make the most of the Australian Government’s investment in the South Coast of Victoria region,’ Mr Tehan said.

‘As our regions emerge from lockdowns, it’s important that we create opportunities for businesses to get the skilled workers they need, and for job seekers to get meaningful work so they can stay and directly contribute to their community and its economic recovery.’

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, said the Local Jobs Program is an example of how the Australian Government is backing communities to create local solutions to workforce challenges on the back of recent lockdowns.

‘The work of Ms Hewett and Employment Facilitators across the nation is all part of the Australian Government’s skills-led economic recovery,’ Minister Robert said.

‘Our Government is helping communities to come up with local solutions, bringing together businesses, trainers and educators to develop projects that deliver real-world opportunities.’

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, said Ms Hewett’s role will include harnessing existing Australian Government and state government programs to create pathways into jobs in local growth industries, particularly Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Retail Trade.

‘Another focus of the Local Jobs Program is to create new employment pathways, particularly for young people and Indigenous job seekers, which is why Ms Hewett will promote apprenticeships and traineeships, work with local Indigenous organisations, and look at skills development linked to jobs for people with disability and mature age job seekers,’ Assistant Minister Howarth said.

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

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