Gippsland is one of 10 regions across Australia chosen to participate in the Federal Government’s new Regional Employment Trials Program – a 21-month initiative that aims to boost local jobs.
Under the trial Gippsland will receive $1 million through the Local Employment Initiative Fund to provide grants of between $7,500 and $200,000 to local businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies for employment related projects.
RDA Gippsland Chair, Richard Elkington said the committee will play a key role in assessing applications, as well as encouraging organisations to apply and identify employment projects that align with the local needs of Gippsland.
“Gippsland is a beautiful part of our state, but we have our challenges just like any other region throughout Australia and unemployment is one of them,” said Mr Elkington.
“Gippsland is one of only two Victorian regions selected for the trial and we will be taking full advantage of this opportunity to work with local businesses, employment networks, not-for-profits and government agencies to create projects that can lead to real jobs and real work experience.”
Gippsland’s Employment Facilitator, Luke Arber, will be available to provide guidance and advice to local stakeholders wishing to apply for funding through the program to address local employment challenges.
“By trialling local approaches to local employment issues, we can mobilise and utilise skills already on the ground and strengthen Gippsland’s economy in the short and long term.”
The trial will run until 30 June 2020 and applications are now open.
To find out more about the Regional Employment Trials, email RDA Gippsland.