Written on the 18 April 2016 by Kevin Conolly

BOOTCAMP KICKS WESTERN SYDNEY JOB PROPSECTS INTO GEAR Young people in Western Sydney now have the chance to boost their employment prospects following the launch of new training at Nirimba College in Quakers Hill.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro and Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly today launched the new partnership between TAFE Western Sydney and Productivity Bootcamp to help disengaged young people into training and employment.

"Productivity Bootcamp runs an eight week intensive program and a two to three week course in upskilling designed to help participants gain practical skills and experience industry-recognised training," Mr Conolly said.

"In partnership with TAFE Western Sydney this initiative can now deliver programs at the Nirimba campus.

"This partnership will benefit the local Riverstone community and the Western Sydney region by making sure businesses have access to skilled workers who are trained and ready to hit the ground running."

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said this style of industry and government partnership is exactly what is needed for young people who fall through the cracks between school and employment.

"It is great to see this sort of collaboration providing training to suit the needs of employers and creating a workforce for now and for the future," Mr Barilaro said.

"Western Sydney is in need of skilled workers and programs like the Productivity Bootcamp will ensure graduates have the right foundation skills they need to create a better Western Sydney."

Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, said participants in Productivity Bootcamp were gaining practical skills that would hold them in good stead as Western Sydney continues its rapid growth.

"Western Sydney's population is forecast to grow to three million by 2030; that's a lot of houses, roads shops and factories that will need to be built, not to mention the Western Sydney Airport and adjoining business park," Senator Payne said.

"Paul Breen is helping his students develop the skills they need to become the builders, carpenters and concreters of the future to cater for this demand.

"I'd also like to congratulate TAFE for recognising the potential for Productivity Bootcamp's hands-on training model to complement its excellent record in supplying skilled tradesmen to the area."

Author: Kevin Conolly


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