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Pre-Expo meeting to drive northern jobs

June 09 2013

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Pre-Expo meeting to drive northern jobs

Workforce development, job creation and training will be the focus when business and government get together at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, June 11, to throw their combined support behind creating greater employment opportunities in Adelaide’s north.

Federal Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, will meet with a range of companies from across Adelaide’s northern suburbs to further drive career and job opportunities, training and networking in the region.

The meeting might well be called “working together for jobs”. Held the day before the Australian Government’s Careers and Employment Expo, it has been organised to expand on the work done by community-based non-profit organisation Northern Futures in engaging industry in the north to drive employment opportunities and workplace development.

This has been made possible through Northern Futures’ School Business Community Partnership Brokers contract funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The meeting is set to provide exciting outcomes for employment in the northern region. New Industry Pledge Partners including Bickfords Australia, SCT Logistics, Zerella Fresh, E-Cycle Recovery and Elabronics will make a public commitment to support regional development through local employment, training and networking. They join Peter Kittle Motor Company, Independent Institute of Food Processing, VTECH Automotive Training, Northern Advanced Manufacturing Group, City of Salisbury and Parafield Airport, who are already supporting the initiative.

Through their pledges, these companies commit to employing local people where possible, working with schools to improve the school-work transition and getting involved in the development of pre-employment programs.

Northern Futures Chief Executive Officer, Gail Sulicich, said it was encouraging to see such a commitment from northern-based industry and businesses in helping to get more people into productive, rewarding employment.

“It is exciting to build partnerships amongst community spirited businesses,” she said.

“Collaboration is vital for workforce development in the northern region.”

Minister Ellis will open the Northern Future’s Pledge Companies meeting at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre at 10.30am on Tuesday 11 June, 2013. Signatories will sign the pledge at 11am, after which a tour of the Expo setup will be conducted and morning tea will be served.

For further information, contact Susan Colyer at Northern Futures on 0412 310 464


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