Election watch: Bundy misses out on youth jobs initiative
IT appears Bundaberg has missed out on securing a youth training hub with the Morrison Government selecting Townsville and Maryborough as its two Queensland sites.
Earlier this month after the government delivered its federal budget, Bundaberg Mayor Jack Demspey made a pitch for the Bundaberg region, with its high youth unemployment rate, to be one of 10 sites across the country to host a youth training hub.
At that time Hinkler MP Keith Pitt said he was keen to see more detail on the proposed hubs and how they would work.
"The Wide Bay Burnett Region has had Australia's highest youth unemployment rate for many years and were defintely hoping to be part of this program," Cr Dempsey said.
But on the weekend, Prime Minister announced the sites selected and Bundaberg was missing.
It is unclear if the Maryborough training hub will benefit Bundaberg.
Mr Morrison said a re-elected coalition government would pour $58 million into the 10 training hubs in areas of high youth unemployment.
The training centres - in both marginal and safe electorates - will work with local schools and employers to identify skills demands and encourage students to sign up for vocational training.
Mr Pitt said he was "supportive of programs which lead to employment that have been proven to work".
"There are a number of successful Coalition Government programs which will receive additional funding including the Transition to Work program and Youth PaTH program," he said.
"Transition to Work will be expanded to include 22-24 year olds to take part. This program provides intensive pre-employment support for young people to improve their work-readiness and help them into work (including apprenticeships and traineeships).
"A $10 million boost to the successful Youth Jobs PaTH program will see industry organisations work with employment service providers to create new pathways for young people to gain work experience and employment in their industry.
"The PaTH Industry Pilots will build on the success of PaTH by directly connecting job seekers with industries experiencing high labour demand, such as the disability and aged care sectors.
"The Coalition Government has also invested $172.9 million into the Hinkler electorate through the regional deal and this will strengthen the economy and lead to more local jobs.
"As a region, the Coalition Government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to address unacceptably high unemployment rates and working with Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, we're getting it done."
THE COALITION'S TRAINING HUBS
* Queensland: Townsville and Maryborough
* NSW: Gosford and Grafton
* Victoria: Shepparton
* SA: Port Pirie
* WA: Wanneroo and Armadale
* Tasmania: Burnie
* NT: Alice Springs