The Coalition Government has committed to invest more than $58 million in 10 Industry Training Hubs in key locations across regional Australia to create more jobs for young people. The investment will also include 400 Vocational Education and Training (VET) scholarships and is part of the Coalition’s plan to address youth unemployment in key parts of the country.
Ten locations of elevated youth unemployment across Australia have been selected to host an Industry Training Hub, which will strengthen partnerships between local schools, employers and industries, and ensure that vocational education programs are tailored to meet local workforce needs and skills demands. The selected locations are Grafton, Gosford, Alice Springs, Maryborough (Qld), Townsville, Port Pirie, Burnie, Shepparton, Wanneroo and Armadale.
Young people, aged 15-24, in these 10 areas will also be eligible to apply for a scholarship to undertake an eligible VET Approved Program of Study. Four hundred scholarships, valued at up to $17,500 each, will be made available from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level.