April 16, 2015

LOCAL FORUM TO SUPPORT NEW BALLARAT JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government, in partnership with the City of Ballarat and the Committee for Ballarat, will host the Ballarat Jobs Forum on Thursday 30 April to identify opportunities to support continued job creation in the Ballarat region.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard said Ballarat requires 15,000 new jobs in the next 15 years to support the projected population increase of 35,000 new residents. 

“The Ballarat economy will need to be transformed to deliver these new jobs,” Mr Howard said.

“There is a lot to be done after four years of Liberal Party neglect.

“The last Liberal Government did not have a jobs plan, and TAFE and employment pathway programs were abandoned.

“Through the Andrews Government’s Back to Work plan we will work with business leaders to grow our industries and help create 100,000 jobs across Victoria.

“The Ballarat Jobs Forum will identify practical activities that will boost jobs growth in the region.”

Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight said manufacturing plays an important role in underpinning the Ballarat economy.

“It’s crucial for the growth of our region that we continue to provide education and employment opportunities for young people that will deliver a productive, innovative and highly skilled local workforce,” Ms Knight said.

“The Ballarat Jobs Forum will bring together local businesses, community leaders, unions and key stakeholders to discuss opportunities to grow jobs in Ballarat.”

The Ballarat Jobs Forum will be hosted by Regional Development Victoria, in partnership with the City of Ballarat and the Committee for Ballarat, and the discussion will be led by Minister for Employment, Jacinta Allan and the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford.