SUICIDE intervention training and helping disengaged young people return to education are among projects to share in $100,000 funding from Westvic Staffing Solutions.
Westvic’s chief executive officer Miles Coverdale said the community and school projects were important in creating opportunities for young people.
For the first time, Westvic’s annual projects were chosen by its site teams in Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland and Colac.
The $100,000 allocation includes supporting Westvic apprentices and trainees by paying their training fees.
The South West Local Learning and Employment Network will receive a funding contribution for a 48-page booklet Why Year 12? that aims to create awareness of the benefits gained from a sound education.
It will be distributed to 50 primary and secondary schools, Job Services Australia providers, youth services, registered training organisations and other education providers.
Three students attending the Portland Re-Engagement Centre will be helped by Westvic’s support.
Mr Coverdale said the re-engagement program supported vulnerable young people who have become disengaged from the education system.
“The chance to make a difference to three job seekers is a fantastic opportunity for Westvic, which may transform the wellbeing of the students involved,” he said.
Lifeline South West Vic will be supported to deliver Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to coaches and volunteers from 20 sporting organisations across the region.
The training provides skills that can be used if required to support those at risk of suicide.
Camperdown College will receive funding from the foundation for tools and equipment for a planned applied learning workshop at the college.
A Taste of Trade program at Brauer College will give primary school pupils an opportunity to experience a range of trade activities and explore potential trade-related occupations.
The Westvic funding covers materials and staff costs.
The organisation has also sponsored an award for the Cobden Rotary Club to recognise high-performing local apprentice Tom Leishman.
One of the program’s major beneficiaries is the L2P Learner- Driver mentor program in Colac Otway, where funding will be provided to assist with vehicle expenses.
Mr Coverdale said the mentor program provided assistance to young people who faced barriers in gaining the 120 hours of driving experience required before being eligible for their probationary licence.