December 7, 2016  |  Members Statements

Ballarat Group Training

Mr HOWARD — I am also pleased to have visited Ballarat Group Training (BGT) recently to see firsthand the benefits of $423 000 provided to BGT as part of their Reconnect program. Under the program BGT has partnered with other local community agencies to work with vulnerable young people to help them regain a sense of self-worth, which will assist them to get back to work.

I spoke with the course participants about their stories and heard of their very positive view of the program provided by Leon Beaton and Ryan Waight. Their program, entitled Talem, has been designed to empower young people to take control of their lives. In speaking with the participants, I heard them speak about how they value the program as it has given them new confidence and put them on a path of turning their lives around. They are now positive about work and study options ahead. I commend BGT, Leon and Ryan for their great work.