Industry Training Hubs

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The Australian Government is investing $50.6 million to trial Industry Training Hubs in ten regions across Australia.

Industry Training Hubs aim to improve opportunities for young people in regions with high youth unemployment, targeting Year 11 and Year 12 students. Each Training Hub will be managed by a full-time Career Facilitator, providing an on the ground presence while delivering Training Hub services.

Career Facilitators will work with and encourage young people to build skills and choose occupations in demand in their region, creating better linkages between schools and local industry, repositioning vocational education and training as a first-choice option. Through this work, the Industry Training Hubs will help eliminate persistent high youth unemployment in regional areas.

Training Hubs will be in:

  • New South Wales (Grafton, Gosford)
  • Victoria (Shepparton)
  • Queensland (Maryborough, Townsville)
  • Western Australia (Wanneroo, Armadale)
  • South Australia (Port Pirie)
  • Tasmania (Burnie), and
  • Northern Territory (Alice Springs).

The first two Training Hubs are in Burnie (Tasmania) and Townsville (Queensland). The Burnie Training Hub was launched on 16 March 2020. The Townsville Training Hub was launched in September 2020. The remaining eight will start from January 2021

Request for Tender

On 16 October 2020, the Request for Tender (RFT) for the provision of Industry Training Hub services was published on AusTender. The RFT will appoint Career Facilitators to deliver Industry Training Hub services in the following locations:

  • Gosford, New South Wales
  • Grafton, New South Wales
  • Alice Springs, Northern Territory
  • Maryborough, Queensland
  • Port Pirie, South Australia
  • Shepparton, Victoria
  • Armadale, Western Australia
  • Wanneroo, Western Australia.

The Request for Tender is available from the AusTender website.

Role of Career Facilitators

A Career Facilitator will be engaged to facilitate delivery of Training Hub services in each location. The Career Facilitators will be an on-the-ground presence to map skills shortages and form partnerships between local employers, schools and those providing advice and education to students.

Career Facilitators will not deliver similar services to those provided by career advisors in schools, Employment Facilitators, Apprenticeship Network Providers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) or other training or job matching services including jobactive. The Career Facilitator will work to improve connections between local stakeholders, to create sustainable employment outcomes for the region and the broader economy.

For more information about Industry Training Hubs and Career Facilitators, email IndustryTrainingHub@dese.gov.au

Launch of Burnie Industry Training Hub

The launch of the Industry Training Hub for Burnie and the surrounding region was formally announced on 16 March 2020 by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Steve Irons MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships and Mr Gavin Pearce MP, Member for Braddon.

Mr Damian Peirce of Peirce Consulting Pty Ltd has been engaged as the Career Facilitator to provide Industry Training Hub services in Burnie and the surrounding area.

Launch of Townsville Industry Training Hub

The launch of the Industry Training Hub for Townsville and surrounding region was formally announced on 2 September 2020 by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Steve Irons MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, Mr Phillip Thompson OAM, MP, Member for Herbert, and Mr George Christensen MP, Member for Dawson.

Ms Julie Ashdown of MEGT (Australia) Ltd has been engaged as the Career Facilitator to provide Industry Training Hub services in Townsville and the surrounding area.

Contact

Contact details for Industry Training Hub services are below.

Training Hub Career Facilitator Phone Number Email
Burnie (TAS) Mr Damian Peirce 0400 743 857 Damian@peirceconsultingtas.com.au
Townsville (QLD) Ms Julie Ashdown 0429 884 279 julieashdown@megt.com.au