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    James Merlino.

James Merlino announces training and career options for Wimmera students

Horsham is among rural and regional centres the State Government plans to include in a rollout of programs to help students considering post-school employment and study options. 

Education Minister James Merlino said programs would operate in line with coronavirus restrictions and include places such as Horsham, Gippsland, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.

“We’re closing the gap between the country and the city – giving country students access to support, information and opportunities that allow them to pursue higher education and training needed for the jobs of the future,” he said.

“These programs are just one way we’re helping regional and rural students reach their full potential and aspirations.”

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The government will invest $3.5-million into six programs aimed at exposing students to training and career options for jobs in industries relevant to regional communities and beyond – including agriculture, trades and high-tech STEM industries. 

Program activities might involve visits to workplaces, TAFES, universities and research organisations such as Australian science agency CSIRO.

Mr Merlino said the scheme would also involve establishing a mentor network to provide practical advice on job skills as well as information and guidance about what it is like to work in an industry or profession.

Students will also have opportunities to attend workshops and panel discussions led by industry experts.

Organisations providing the programs are Ardoch, Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning and Employment Network, CQUniversity Australia, Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network, Swinburne University of Technology – KIOSC and Country Education Partnership. 

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