• Hannah Phillips

Regional Areas Keeping Skills Local

With trade skill shortages right across Flow's regions, many communities are struggling to keep businesses afloat with individuals leaving towns to further their education or qualifications.

To keep trade skills developing, many country areas are now offering more opportunities to those who can't easily access training facilities or courses, in hopes that local training will keep them in their communities.

Image Source: Steph Cooke explores new plans of Narrandera TAFE, supplied.

Up at Narrandera TAFE NSW a recently announced trade essentials course in conjunction with their new state-of-the-art Connected Learning Centre, is giving local students a try in trades they wouldn't normally have access to.

Sarah caught up with Member for Cootamunda, Steph Cooke, to find out more about these facilities and what it means for the future.

Over in Vic, Longerenong College has been paving the road for regional students to further their educations whilst remaining close to their local base.

With new state funding to help develop the use of on-farm technology and strengthen the leading area in grain production, we spoke to Head of Longerenong College to find out where this can lead.

While throughout SA, local trade recognition awards are creating an incentive for apprentices to stay and continue in their field of choice. Cody Dew from Kapunda has recently been awarded a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Award and shared his story today on the Regional Roundup.

Employment facilitators are piecing together those in search of work with businesses in search of workers, Sarah caught up with Leanne Hill from the Greater Adelaide Region to discuss the current trade skills situation.

On a national scale, The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has just launched a new online resource to help trade job seekers benchmark their qualifications and pursue further training options nearby.

Brett Schimming spoke to Flow about the new opportunities now available for Australian Industries.

Many other areas are also focused on keeping local training and skills in their communities, if you have a story to share, let us know.