Warrnambool youth benefiting from general lift in employment

Employed: Trainees Josh Hrabar, left, and Shelby Jenkins, right, with Wayne Robertson and Phil Barnes at Warrnambool West Primary School. Picture: Morgan Hancock
Employed: Trainees Josh Hrabar, left, and Shelby Jenkins, right, with Wayne Robertson and Phil Barnes at Warrnambool West Primary School. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Having the lowest unemployment rate of any Victorian regional city is something Warrnambool should be proud of, Westvic Staffing Solutions chief executive says.

Dean Luciani said the 4.1 per cent unemployment rate the Warrnambool area achieved in the December quarter last year was exceptional with the growing demand for apprentices and trainees a clear sign of the local economy’s strength.

Mr Luciani said city’s businesses should also be congratulated on nearly halving the city’s youth unemployment rate, down to 7.4 per cent a few months ago from 12.5 per cent two years ago.

He said apprenticeships and traineeships were proving to be great pathways for young people to gain ongoing employment.

Among the young people whom Westvic Staffing Solutions has placed in employment recently are school leavers Josh Hrbar and Shelby Jenkins, both 18 and doing traineeships at Warrnambool West Primary School.

Mr Hrbar is doing a 12 month Certificate III in Education Support and mentors pupils with their learning while Ms Jenkins is studying a Certificate III in Business and doing adminstration and reception work. Both hope to later undertake further tertiary studies.

Warrnambool West principal Phil Barnes said both trainees were valuable members of staff.

Both trainees are valuable members of staff.

Phil Barnes

WestVic Staffing Solutions chief operating officer Wayne Roberston said getting young people working within six months of leaving school was critical to them getting long-term employment.

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