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Skills for Industry MoU signed with new jobactive providers

Published: 22 July 2015

Skills for Industry MoU signed with new jobactive providers
(L-R) Daniel Willett (Logan City Council), Lyn Ketter (Max Employment), Sharon Meredith (Salvation Army Employment Plus), Kieren Kearney (Salvation Army Employment Plus), Ian McEwan (Tursa (Employment and Training), Dianne Fletcher (Sarino Russo Job Access), Maria Griffin (Department of Employment), Cr Russell Lutton (Logan City Council), Kaylea Neale(Sarina Russo Job Access), Nunzia Confessore (HELP Enterprises).

Logan City Council has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with job services agencies operating in the city as part of the Federal Government's jobactive program. The agreement forms part of Council's Skills for Industry pilot program that was established as an outcome of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015.

Deputy Mayor Russell Lutton (Division 2), who is also a member of the Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team, said the new MoU would bring on board current jobactive service providers, following the Australian-first signing of a similar agreement in 2013.

"Logan City Council is committed to working with local businesses and job service providers to create training and employment opportunities for our community," he said.

"Working closely with the jobactive organisations operating in the City of Logan helps ensure training and recruitment activities closely align with the skills required by local industry and businesses.

"Matching industry needs with training helps jobseekers to find work in their local area and ensures they have the skills that our businesses need for future growth.

"We have had a very positive response from industry and the community and we're looking forward to creating some real opportunities, particularly with cutting edge and innovative businesses establishing themselves in Logan."

Federal Assistant Minister for Employment, The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker, passed on his support for the initiative through the Department's representative at the MoU signing at Council on 16 July 2015.

"This agreement captures the spirit of jobactive, the Australian Government's fresh approach to bringing job seekers and employers together," Minister Hartsuyker said.

"I congratulate the Logan Office of Economic Development and our new jobactive providers for signing this MoU today. This is an example of innovation and collaboration which other communities around Australia would do well to adopt."

As part of the agreement the Logan Office of Economic Development will continue to work closely with local businesses and all agencies involved.

Cr Lutton said the Skills for Industry program had also proven successful in delivering on-the-job training opportunities where participants gain practical skills that lead to employment.

"For example, 13 local youths undertook hospitality training as part of the program earlier this year and eight of these participants went on to secure work as a direct result," he said.

The organisations signed on to the MoU are HELP ENTERPRISES, Logan Office of Economic Development, MAX Employment, Sarina Russo Job Access, The Salvation Army Employment Plus, and Tursa Employment & Training.