Employment Plus partners Logan City Council in Skills for Industry Program

Friday July 24th 2015
Employment Plus GM Operations Kieren Kearney and Deputy Mayor Russell Lutton

The Salvation Army Employment Plus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Logan City Council to help ensure local industry has ready access to job seekers who are trained in the specific skills they need.

Called Skills for Industry, the program expands upon the success of a similar initiative begun by Logan Council in 2013.

Under the collaborative program, the Logan Office of Economic Development will help to guide participating jobactive providers in existing and emerging industry requirements, as well as facilitating forums for employers, jobactive providers and Council to come together and explore opportunities for economic development and employment.

“Working with Logan Council, with their insight into local business needs, means that we can tightly tailor our  job seekers’ skills training so that employers are assured of competent workers, set to start and contribute from day one,” said Employment Plus GM Operations, Kieren Kearney.

Deputy Mayor, Russell Lutton explained the program can also include on the job work experience, with candidates gaining practical skills that will increase their placement chances.

“For example, 13 local youths undertook hospitality training as part of the program earlier this year and eight of these participants went on to secure work as a direct result,” Cr Lutton said.

Employment Plus has experience in developing similar pre-employment programs to prepare job seekers for individual employers or industry segments and sees Logan’s Skills for Industry initiative as a natural extension.

“We’ve developed several successful programs across Australia that are tailored to the precise needs of individual employers, which means they can recruit well skilled and motivated employees specifically matched to job requirements.

“We’re looking forward to sharing our expertise in this area with other Program participants, and gaining learnings from them too so that combined we can provide more opportunities for sustained employment in the area,” said Kieren.

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