03 Jun 2015
Together with the State Government and the City for Ballarat, Committee for Ballarat supported a Jobs Forum conducted in Ballarat on 30 April hosted by the Minister for Employment, the Hon Jacinta Allan, and Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Jaala Pulford. The Andrews Government’s “Back To Work” plan is about working with business leaders to grow our industries and help create 100,000 full time jobs across the State.
The Ballarat Jobs forum brought together diverse business and industry sectors, including manufacturing, health, education, agri-business, trades, tourism, professional services, employment agencies and local government; to identify practical actions that will improve business success, lead to sustainable jobs growth and provide clarity around opportunities for local Government, State Government and local businesses to improve collaboration to achieve success.
The information and ideas from the Forum will contribute towards practical action on the ground and the development of strategic opportunities for further consideration when the forum is re-convened in six months, as requested by Minister Pulford.
Summary of the themes and ideas identified by forum participants included:
1. Business Infrastructure
a. Ballarat West Employment Zone
b. VCAMM Clusters
c. Cluster/Hub development across multiple sectors
d. CBD Revitalisation
2. Relocation of government department’s services and functions.
3. Education and training
a. More targeted training and work placement opportunities for young people
b. STEM education
c. Capability (skills, IT, Transport, Child Care etc.)
4. Support for young people
The participants identified barriers, potential solutions and practical opportunities at the forum, and each and every piece of information that was contributed at the event has been collated.
The shared knowledge of participants will help inform the work of Regional Development Victoria, City of Ballarat and Committee for Ballarat over the next six months.