Get job ready: New skills and jobs centre to open in Swan Hill

SWAN Hill will become home to Victoria's 33rd Skills and Jobs Centre with a significant cash boost announced earlier this week.

The state government will inject more than $257,000 to ensure expert advice on training and employment is made accessible in the region.

SuniTAFE chief executive officer Geoff Dea with executive director engagement participation and inclusion Lee-Anne Fisher at the SuniTAFE Swan Hill community engagement event. Picture: GEORGIE MORTON

SuniTAFE chief executive officer Geoff Dea with executive director engagement participation and inclusion Lee-Anne Fisher at the SuniTAFE Swan Hill community engagement event. Picture: GEORGIE MORTON

Department of Education and Training executive director engagement participation and inclusion Lee-Anne Fisher announced the funding at the SuniTAFE community engagement event, held at the Swan Hill Jockey Club on Tuesday.

Ms Fisher described Skills and Jobs Centres as a "single point of call" for people looking to enter the workforce, up-skill or re-skill.

"Skills and Jobs Centres work in the best interests of people who come through the door," Ms Fisher said.

"It's a place where people can go to get independent advice for whatever their next step in getting employment may be."

Ms Fisher said the 32 existing Skills and Jobs Centres "work really well" across the state, particularly in Mildura.

"Since we've had Skills and Jobs Centres, 2500 people have come through the doors and been able to get assistance," Ms Fisher said.

"Just today I was talking with a young student who went to Bendigo to undertake a course.

"She wasn't happy to be away from home and came back and is now happily doing her course in Swan Hill.

"People like her will now be able to to walk through the doors of a Skills and Jobs Centre and get advice locally."

Ms Fisher also revealed funding for two new courses at SuniTAFE Swan Hill.

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