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Fraser Coast regional leaders unite to launch new workforce group

Fraser Coast regional leaders unite to launch new workforce group

Jobs Fraser Coast is a new group of regional leaders who have united to add value and help influence positive outcomes from Jobs Queensland’s new report, The Fraser Coast Workforce Blueprint. Local WorkAbility co-ordinator Melinda Everett is part of the group, continuing WorkAbility Queensland’s work supporting NDIS implementation in the region.

The group features regional leaders from government, education, training, major employers, industry and the three Chamber of Commerce presidents.

Inaugural Jobs Fraser Coast chair Scott Rowe said the board was a continuation of an early advisory group that worked with Jobs Queensland and stakeholders to provide advice on the new workforce development plan.

“The board’s broad community experience, networks, economic development ability and local knowledge will assist business and community to look at ways in which they can be more proactive in developing individual strategies for workforce skills attraction, retention and training,” Mr Rowe said.

“We recognise that the Fraser Coast faces significant challenges with historic high unemployment, an ageing population and rapidly changing economy and we want to work with government and industry to understand the opportunities of tomorrow.”

The role of Jobs Fraser Coast is to support jobs growth in a strategic manner across priority industry sectors resulting in the benefit of a stronger, more capable and better skilled local labour pool that can positively impact the regional workforce.

Mr Rowe said Jobs Fraser Coast welcomed the new The Fraser Coast Workforce Blueprint, and thanked the Minister for Training and Skills Shannon Fentiman for visiting Maryborough to launch it.

More information about Jobs Fraser Coast can be found on their website.

Pictured Above: The board of Jobs Fraser Coast – Scott Rowe (Regional Development Australia), Ana Rodger (TAFE Queensland), Graham Young (University of Sunshine Coast), Melinda Everett (WorkAbility QLD), Darryl Stewart (Tiaro and District Chamber of Commerce), Lance Stone (Maryborough Chamber of Commerce), Sandra Holebrook (Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce), Louise Knol (Fraser Coast Regional Council), Michelle Kennedy (Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service), Leticia Grigorieff (Jobs Queensland). With Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman, Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders, Jobs Qld Board member Dr Scott Davis, and Executive Director Dr Caroline Smith.

WorkAbility Queensland