Trainees taught how to branch out

A THREE-WAY training initiative at Entally House has seen 100 per cent attendance and employment success for a group of Meander Valley job seekers.

The eight-week program saw members gain skills in a variety of areas necessary for viticulture or forestry work, including ATV operations, first-aid and workplace health and safety.

Ten trainees of varying ages were sourced from across the region by Westbury Community Health Centre co-ordinator Nate Austin, in support of the LINC Tasmania-funded initiative.

Training was conducted as part of Invermay's Youth Futures training activities, which aims to provide job seekers with practical skill sets.

Youth Futures trainer Bert Eilander said three of the members gained jobs through the program, and others had signed on to complete further qualifications.

Mr Eilander said a mix of units from certificates 1 and 2 in rural operations were covered at the estate, to a value of about $2000.

Deloraine literacy co-ordinator Anne-Marie Loader said $13,000 was granted to the group as part of LINC Tasmania's Literacy Skills Development program.

She said participants would have continued support with literacy and numeracy as a follow-up to the training program to support further job seeking activities.

Youth Futures workers Liam Drury, of Deloraine, Ron Smith, of Westbury, Matthew Handley, of Deloraine, Jeremy Taylor and Daniel King, both of Westbury, Jay Walker and Rhys Sharman, both of Deloraine, Geoffrey Panton, of Westbury, and Nathaniel Young, of Elizabeth Town. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Youth Futures workers Liam Drury, of Deloraine, Ron Smith, of Westbury, Matthew Handley, of Deloraine, Jeremy Taylor and Daniel King, both of Westbury, Jay Walker and Rhys Sharman, both of Deloraine, Geoffrey Panton, of Westbury, and Nathaniel Young, of Elizabeth Town. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

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