Hundreds of young people and Indigenous job seekers in the New England and North West region of NSW will be connected to careers in the local poultry industry as part of a $78,000 project under the Australian Government’s Local Recovery Fund.
The Local Recovery Fund is an important part of the Australian Government’s $276 million Local Jobs Program and its broader Economic Recovery Plan.
The University of New England is running the Poultry Hub Jobs Program to prepare more than 240 people for jobs through a tailored four-day training program, engagement sessions and site visits.
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the project has been designed to meet employer skill requirements for growing demand for poultry industry workers.
‘One of the key aspects of this innovative activity is that it will include the delivery of tailored training that directly answer the needs of local employers,’ Mr Joyce said.
‘Participants will have the chance to visit local businesses looking to hire, and the project will also provide transport to ensure everyone has the chance to take part.
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, said Local Recovery Fund projects are an important part of the Australian Government’s ongoing economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘This Local Recovery Fund project is one of many funded across the country to support communities by helping people find work and meeting the needs of local employers,’ Minister Robert said.
‘The poultry industry is a key sector across the New England and North West Employment Region and so I encourage those looking for work to take part for a rewarding career opportunity in their region.’
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, said the program, which is designed primarily for young and Indigenous Australians, will deliver face-to-face training in areas such as biosecurity and work health and safety requirements.
‘This is a unique project that has been designed as a direct response to local workforce challenges and gives young people and Indigenous job seekers aged between 18 and 24, the opportunity to play their part in the region’s economic recovery from recent lockdowns,’ Assistant Minister Howarth said.
The program is being run in Tamworth, Gunnedah and Moonbi and has strict policies in place to ensure it adheres to NSW Government COVID-19 guidelines.
The Local Recovery Fund supports regions by funding tailored projects to help align job seekers with employment opportunities in their community.
More details about the Local Jobs Program can be found at www.dese.gov.au/local-jobs-program