Wednesday, 19 January 2010
Stitching up the skills gap, Brolga Project has great start to 2011.
The Brolga Project has kicked off 2011 with four more students starting work experience placements in the regional areas of Moree and Port Macquarie.
Together with the South Burnett area, the regions form what Brolga manager Richard Cowley calls the “three regions of opportunity”, in which The Brolga Project is seeing continued growth.
At least fifteen students are expected to start placements within the next couple of months and Mr Cowley is hoping to see even great numbers of host agencies submitting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) in 2011.
“We have a lot more students on our books than we do host agencies. We are really screaming for host agencies. We have about 1000 students on our books and only about 30 active host agencies that we’re working with,” he said.
Lorena Ocrospoma, the Strategic Development Manager for The Brolga Project, says the project aims to address skills shortages in the rural and regional areas of Australia by assisting businesses and organisations find suitable employees with ease.
“The idea of the project is that we focus on businesses that are having trouble finding skilled people. For example, lots of accounting firms have problems finding skilled staff. We have approximately 300 accounting students on our books, so there’s a fantastic pool of brilliant young talent that businesses could tap into,” she said.
Ms. Ocrospoma is excited to see what the year will bring in terms of new strategies and greater awareness of the project and the benefits for both students and rural and regional communities.
For more information please contact:
Lorena Ocrospoma, Strategic Development Manager, The Brolga Project, 0422 677 181
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