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Supporting the Wimmera Southern Mallee workforce


Local industry leaders, employers and workers have come together with the State Government in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region today to find solutions to attracting, retaining and training local workers.

The Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green were in Horsham listening to the community on how to tackle job vacancies and skills gaps across the region.

The Wimmera Southern Mallee region faces challenges in filling positions, particularly in the health, education, early years, aged care and service support industries. The region is also experiencing population decline, with residents leaving the region to train, upskill and improve their qualifications.

The focused workshop, organised by the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership, was a chance to explore this issue in detail and for the community to share their experiences directly with government, after the Partnership identified it as a community priority.

This forum is the second in a series of events that will be held with every Regional Partnership around the state.

By focusing on a priority issue, these events will allow local people to have productive discussions with relevant ministers, working towards real solutions.

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