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New facilitator to help drive employment growth in Kalgoorlie

A new employment facilitator will help connect employers and job seekers in the Kalgoorlie area as part of the Australian Government’s $276 million Local Jobs Program.

Karen Thomas who started in the role on Monday, November 15 will focus on ensuring that local people — particularly young people and Indigenous job seekers — are adequately skilled, prepared and supported for job opportunities.

Ms Thomas has lived in Kalgoorlie for more than 20 years, working across a broad range of industries and roles. She has well-established local stakeholder relationships and networks, including with employment services providers, Central Regional TAFE – Kalgoorlie and local training organisations, employers and industry stakeholders.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, said the appointment of Employment Facilitators through the Local Jobs Program was a key part of the Australian Government’s wider economic recovery plan.

“Ms Thomas and employment facilitators across the nation will be integral to the Australian Government’s skills-led economic recovery,” Minister Robert said.

“We are committed to helping communities come up with local solutions, bringing together businesses, industry and training organisations to develop projects that deliver real-world opportunities.”

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, said Ms Thomas would work with job seekers and employers to leverage existing government programs to gain jobs in local growth industries.

“These include mining, hospitality, and healthcare and social assistance,” Assistant Minister Howarth said.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the Local Jobs Program would help ensure Kalgoorlie has skilled workers when and where they are needed.

“I look forward to working with Karen to ensure we can develop solutions that work for Kalgoorlie and make the most of the Australian Government’s investment in skills and training,” Mr Wilson said.

The Local Jobs Program was extended in the 2021-22 Budget to cover all 51 Employment Regions across Australia.



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