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Job skills boost for locals as My Gateway, council join forces

Wollondilly Council will partner with My Gateway to deliver a local skills ready program for 15 local residents.

It will include employment within council where they can achieve qualifications as well as practical paid work experience.

The $981,727 program will be funded through stage two of the bushfire local economic recovery fund.

Aim is to help reduce unemployment by creating local jobs, offer an immediate economic stimulus and fast-track shovel ready infrastructure programs as Wollondilly recovers from the impacts of the recent bushfires as well as floods and Covid-19.

“Council looks forward to partnering with My Gateway to help locals gain formal qualifications through technical training combined with employment based experience,” says Wollondilly mayor Robert Khan.

“We hope the program will support our community to become an even more skilled workforce as we recover, adapt and embrace the opportunities ahead for our shire.”

CEO of My Gateway, Shelley Bullock said: “My Gateway is proud to be partnering with Wollondilly Council on this important program, which I know will have a positive impact on the 15 locals who will be employed and trained, as well as the entire community.”

Federal member for Hume, Angus Taylor said that the investment in local workforce participation would be pivotal to fast tracking recovery and building future capacity.

“The local skills ready program will be an important component of local and regional long term recovery and economic prosperity,” he said.

State member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith said the program would directly enable critical skill development and greater capacity to support economic growth and recovery now and into the future.

“Wollondilly is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW. The local skills ready program will help the community recover from recent challenges as it prepares for an exciting future,” he said.

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