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Coalition flags Shepparton as location for training centre

By Shepparton News

A re-elected coalition government would pour $58million into 10 training hubs in areas of high youth unemployment and Shepparton has been flagged as one of the locations.

The government released the location of the hubs yesterday after announcing them in the budget earlier in the month.

The training centres — in marginal and safe electorates — will work with local schools and employers to identify skills demands and encourage students to sign up for vocational training.

It follows the Shepparton region being named as having the second highest youth unemployment in Victoria, at 17.5 per cent, according to a recent Brotherhood of St Laurence report.

The area encompassed, which included Cobram, Yarrawonga, Echuca, Rushworth, was named as one of the 20 worst ‘‘hotspot’’ regions for youth unemployment nationwide last month.

The hubs are slated for marginal and safe seats. Alongside Shepparton, locations include Gosford, Townsville, Burnie and Alice Springs.

Yesterday’s jobs pledge is part of a coalition budget commitment to 80000 new apprenticeships through a $525 million skills package.

Labor has pledged $1billion for TAFE and apprentices, ensuring 150000 Australians will go to TAFE with no upfront fees, and an additional 100000 apprenticeships.

In Victoria, the Shepparton area’s jobless rate for 15-to-24-year-olds was just lower than the Bendigo region’s 18.3 per cent youth unemployment, according to the data. According to the group, the numbers confirm ‘‘many regional and outer suburban areas bear the heaviest burden’’.

Mr Morrison yesterday started his day with a focus on jobs, talking up his pledge to create 250000 jobs for young people.

The prime minister met with success stories from a government program to help people get skills and work experience while campaigning in Brisbane.

While the PaTH program has faced heavy criticism due to low engagement from small businesses, Mr Morrison championed the initiative after promising to create a quarter of a million jobs for people aged 15 to 24 over five years.

A re-elected coalition government would pour $58million into 10 training hubs in areas of high youth unemployment and Shepparton has been flagged as one of the locations.

The government released the location of the hubs yesterday after announcing them in the budget earlier in the month.

The training centres — in marginal and safe electorates — will work with local schools and employers to identify skills demands and encourage students to sign up for vocational training.

It follows the Shepparton region being named as having the second highest youth unemployment in Victoria, at 17.5 per cent, according to a recent Brotherhood of St Laurence report.

The area encompassed, which included Cobram, Yarrawonga, Echuca, Rushworth, was named as one of the 20 worst ‘‘hotspot’’ regions for youth unemployment nationwide last month.

The hubs are slated for marginal and safe seats. Alongside Shepparton, locations include Gosford, Townsville, Burnie and Alice Springs.

Yesterday’s jobs pledge is part of a coalition budget commitment to 80000 new apprenticeships through a $525 million skills package.

Labor has pledged $1billion for TAFE and apprentices, ensuring 150000 Australians will go to TAFE with no upfront fees, and an additional 100000 apprenticeships.

In Victoria, the Shepparton area’s jobless rate for 15-to-24-year-olds was just lower than the Bendigo region’s 18.3 per cent youth unemployment, according to the data. According to the group, the numbers confirm ‘‘many regional and outer suburban areas bear the heaviest burden’’.

Mr Morrison yesterday started his day with a focus on jobs, talking up his pledge to create 250000 jobs for young people.

The prime minister met with success stories from a government program to help people get skills and work experience while campaigning in Brisbane.

While the PaTH program has faced heavy criticism due to low engagement from small businesses, Mr Morrison championed the initiative after promising to create a quarter of a million jobs for people aged 15 to 24 over five years.