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Tackling Skills Shortages in the Mallee Region

On 22 May, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson met with prominent Mallee business leaders and local council representatives to discuss skills shortages and workforce training needs.

The inaugural Mallee Regional Skills Taskforce meeting was held at Mildura Airport and outlined the unique training and skills requirements of the region, workforce pressures and future industry growth priorities.

The taskforce, designed to highlight the importance of skills development in Victoria’s regions, will meet another three times between May and November to ensure barriers to providing training to meet regional demand can be identified and overcome.

Mr Coulson, who chaired the taskforce, said the meetings were crucial to gather intelligence on the skilling and training needs in Victoria’s regions.

“One of our priorities is to better align training to the skills people need to get the jobs they want in our regions and that meet local industry needs,” Mr Coulson said.

“It is very important to hear from the key industry players in the Mallee region who will provide us with a deeper level of intelligence and perspective on regional skilling issues so we can shape training to address their needs.”

The following organisations were invited to join the Mallee Regional Skills Taskforce:

  • Dried Fruits Australia
  • Southern Cross Farms
  • Chaffey Aged Care
  • East Wimmera Health
  • Swan Hill District Health
  • Wakefield Transport
  • Lower Murray Water
  • Markwells Auto Group
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Gannawarra Shire
  • Devilee Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Jennings Northern Shoe Store
  • The Voice of Horticulture
  • Stefano’s Preserves
  • Fossey’s Gin
  • Olam Orchards Australia
  • Victorian Trades Hall Council – Regional Committee



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