FFGSC joins FUSE South West to boost career pathways for young people

Monday 5 December 2022

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

FFGSC joins FUSE South West to boost career pathways for young people

Food and Fibre Great South Coast (FFCSC) is pleased to join an exciting new youth development program designed to boost skills and job readiness of young people in regional south west Victoria.

Funded by VicHealth, FUSE South West is a collaboration between Glenelg Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council alongside key industry partners to provide free training and hands-on experiences with a diverse range of local businesses and community providers.

Running over the next 14 months, the program aims to provide some 1,500 local young people with the skills, confidence and connections that they need to overcome regional challenges and drive forward meaningful careers.

FFGSC CEO Natalie Collard said programs like this are invaluable to leveraging the local talent of young people in the community and supporting them to reach their goals. “We know how incredibly motivated and passionate our young people are,” Natalie said.

“It’s wonderful to see vital programs like FUSE South West nurture this and overcome some of the key barriers that too often get in the way for local young people,” Natalie said.

“Whether it be from a lack of access to transport, internet or minimal professional networks outside of their town, I truly hope that this initiative helps to break these barriers down and unlock the skill that our young people bring.”

With strong networks across the food and fibre sector, FFGSC, will support efforts to connect program participants with regional employers and drive strong understanding of agricultural career opportunities in the region.

“We’ll be joining a wide range of wonderful local partners to showcase the diverse and rewarding careers in agriculture with everything from sustainable practices through to biodiversity,” Natalie said.

“As we face growing workforce shortages across all levels of our agricultural industry, this truly is a win-win for young people and our community’s future prosperity alike.”

FFGSC joins Barwon Health, Community South West, Southern Grampians Glenelg LLEN, South West PCP and Youth Affairs Council Victoria to roll this program out alongside Glenelg Shire and Moyne Shire Councils.

The first skills training offerings – first aid training and pool lifeguard training – start in December 2022. For more information and to book into a training session, please visit www.moyne.vic.gov.au/fuse.

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Media enquiries:

Natalie Collard – Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 0413 009 373

E: natalie@foodfibregsc.com.au