City of Wodonga


Minister Hall to launch Youth To Industry

VICTORIAN Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Peter Hall will launch an innovative project which aims to show young people the diversity of industries and related career options in Wodonga.

The Youth to Industry project has been a partnership between Wodonga Council, NELLEN, industry and schools to create a greater level of awareness by young people around the manufacturing, aged care and transport sectors.

It includes a teachers’ resource kit which will be used in schools to provide students with information around the different sectors and features clips from major employers which will let young people and their families learn more about the industries featured.

Three local schools – Wodonga Catholic College, Victory Lutheran College and Wodonga Middle Years College – have agreed to pilot the project.

Seven local businesses feature in the clips:

  • Kiewa Valley Engineering;
  • Border Express;
  • Westmont Aged Care;
  • VisyBoard;
  • Wilson Transformer Company;
  • Twin City Truck Centre; and
  • Parker Hannifin.

Each clip explores the business and provides an insight into the diverse opportunities within each industry. They also include interviews with senior and young staff about the career options.

Wodonga Mayor Cr Mark Byatt said young people are a vital part of the future for the city.

“Retaining young people in our city is important for all employers as they seek to secure their workforce,” he said.

“Wodonga is a very young city, with a median age of 35, which is lower than the State average.

NELLEN Deputy Chair Kevin Mack said the project is a great example of a partnership between industry and education involving many other stakeholders.

“Youth to Industry will maximise awareness for young people of what opportunities are available locally, along with playing a critical role for the future labour force in Wodonga,” he said.

Last updated: 28-10-2013

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